Curious 100th anniversary

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Curious 100th anniversary

Post by simonm » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:22 pm

The Spanish Flu. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic

I am sure some jollier things happened as well. :-)

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Re: Curious 100th anniversary

Post by gitgeezer » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:35 am

Ever wonder why it was called "Spanish Flu"?

"To maintain morale, wartime censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Papers were free to report the epidemic's effects in neutral Spain (such as the grave illness of King Alfonso XIII). This created a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit, thereby giving rise to the pandemic's nickname, Spanish Flu."

Those who survived the epidemic thought they had a lucky escape. But as it turned out, nearly all of them died.

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Re: Curious 100th anniversary

Post by simonm » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:05 pm

gitgeezer wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:35 am
… This created a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit, thereby giving rise to the pandemic's nickname, Spanish Flu….
Interestingly enough the Spanish version of Wikipedia has some numbers the other versions I looked at done't have: namely the number of chinese victims. According to that version, 30 million or 35% of the then population died.

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