Life after the war: Spanish Flu

Kitty Gamble

Oh, the Spanish ‘flu. I hardly have to give a detailed description of it, I should think. Wikipedia says it was one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history – and claims it killed 3-5% of the world’s population.

Terrifying. But what was even scarier was that it was coming on the back of World War One. Or, rather, at the same time. The first wave happened early in 1918, and the second more deadly wave peaked (in the UK at least) in November 1918. It also killed a surprising amount of young people – unusual for a pandemic, when it’s usually the very young or old that die. The Spanish flu hit predominately young people, though – and apparently, modern science seems to think it was because of what is called a cytokine storm, which is very interesting.

But back to my research. By the time my…

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