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Spanish Flu Vs. COVID-19

By Anna Khorets ‘22, Online Editor

Even though COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, it is by far not the worst pandemic to hit the world. The 1918 flu pandemic, also known as the Spanish Flu, killed and infected significantly more people than COVID-19 has so far. 

There is no clear explanation for how the viruses originated.In the US, the 1918 flu pandemic was first identified in the military, while COVID-19 was first identified within the normal population.
The proper ways of protecting oneself were/are to quarantine, stay away from large crowds, and practice proper hygiene. As of the date this article is written, there have been close to 900,000 world-wide deaths and approximately 27,000,000 people infected for COVID-19. The Spanish Flu caused 50,000,000 deaths and 500,000,000 people infected.
The first wave of both viruses includes/included fever and fatigue. The mortality rate for the 1918 flu pandemic was high in younger children (less than 5 years old), older people (65 years and older), and also middle-aged people (20-40 years old).The mortality for COVID-19 is high in older people (65 years and older) and people with certain health problems. 
Everyone was/is concerned about their safety and life changed drastically. The second wave of the Spanish Flu resulted in death in a couple of hours. COVID-19 has not had a second wave to compare. 

In America, COVID-19 has mostly been in major cities and/or heavily populated areas. The Spanish Flu devastated almost all states of the US.

The 1918 flu pandemic ended in the summer of 1919, but sadly we do not know when COVID-19 will end.

Medicine and science have far progressed since 1918, but these two catastrophes are both pandemics that are worth comparing.

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