The majority of us are well aware that when late fall and early winter arrives, so too does the increase in respiratory illnesses and the seasonal flu. Most of the seasonal cases of flu tend to kill the youngest and oldest in society, mostly because of a weak immune system or other co-morbid illnesses that exist. But the flu of 1918 attacked both men and women in their 20s and 30s.
According to historian John M. Barry who wrote a book on the 1918 pandemic, "...8 to 10 percent of all young adults then living may have been killed by the virus." Researchers have suggested that the strain of influenza that struck the world during this pandemic may have infected 1 billion people, which was half of the earth's population at that time. Of those infected, somewhere between 50 and 100 million people may have lost their lives, but not to the first virus of 1918, but two more waves that swept the earth which may have been more deadly than the original virus.
Much like what we are experiencing now with COVID-19, the 1918 virus mutated into variants, a fact that