The Spanish flu that came 102 years ago was even more dangerous than Corona, even then people saved themselves by wearing masks
Coronavirus has infected more than 8 lakh 58 thousand people worldwide. America has become the new center of this deadly virus that started in China. This is not the first time in the world when an epidemic is causing so many lives and everyone is in a strange restlessness, panic, and fear. A similar epidemic occurred in 1918, 102 years ago. Then thousands, not millions, but millions of people had to lose their lives. We are talking about the Spanish flu, which caught one-third of the world’s population. It killed five crore people in one stroke. This figure was four times the number of deaths during the first four years of the World War. Even today, looking at the pictures of this epidemic, it can be guessed how it must have been at that time.
America was first hit by The Spanish flu
The Spanish flu first knocked in America. After this, it started spreading in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. According to the documents present in the National Archive, this influenza attacked the world in two different phases in one year. The effect of the first round began to appear with a fever of three days, that too without any special symptoms. As soon as the victim starts recovering from the disease, it will attack again. After the second attack, the condition of the victim became so serious that there was no hope of survival. Reports of death had started coming in its spread. It was only in 1918 that the disease returned. In this, many victims went from death for a few days to a few days after the first symptom was revealed.
It was difficult to identify the disease
It was difficult for scientists, doctors and health workers to recognize the disease. It was impacting so fast that it was not possible to control it. At that time there was neither a precise medicine nor any vaccine to treat this epidemic. People in bus affected areas were being advised to take precautions. In the wake of the epidemic, people were asked to wear masks. At the same time, schools, theaters, and businesses were completely closed, so that people would at least leave their homes. This epidemic did not spare anyone. It engulfed everyone from urban areas to rural areas, from the populous East Coast to remote areas of Alaska.
See how Spanish flu wreaked havoc in pictures
In December 1918, the 39th Regiment of the US Army wore masks to ward off the flu. Photo of soldiers going to France.
Source – Dainik Bhaskar