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The Spanish Flu I THE GREAT WAR Epilogue 3

November 8, 2019


As the nations that fought The Great War lay
down their arms, there is something else going on that further colors a world that is unquestionably
a world of absolute disaster. In the autumn of 1918, the Spanish Flu reaches
its highest level of infection and mortality. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to a Great War
epilogue special about the Spanish Flu. The simplest thing I can say about the Spanish
Flu was this- it killed more people in a shorter period of time than any other disease in human
history. The flu has quickly spread all over the world
since the spring. The first wave in spring was already bad,
but the second wave this fall is absolutely devastating. September and October are the worst months
of the flu. On every single day of September and October
1918, more than 300,000 people are killed by the disease. It’s so widespread that there is no one
that isn’t affected in some way; those who are themselves spared still have to deal with
close friends and family dying. Everyone all over the world is affected, literally
the entire world population. It’s hard to even imagine what that does
to a world already so broken. And the second wave is followed immediately
by two more waves lasting into the spring of 1919. Then a final wave of infection strikes in
autumn of 1919, which leaves people dying into the first months of 1920. In the end, we don’t have exact figures
on how many people died from the Spanish Flu, but we know that it killed at least 40 million
and maybe as many as 100 million people worldwide in 18 months, beginning in March 1918. Far more people died of the flu in 18 months
than died in or because of the Great War over its entire four years. That’s up to 1 in 20 of the world population. There was nowhere on the planet that was safe. It reached the frozen wastes of the Arctic
and the remote Pacific Islands. As a comparison, the population of Spain in
2018 is around 46 million people- imagine if every single person in Spain, man, woman,
and child, died in under two years, and you get an idea of how many lives were lost to
the flu. Now, in terms of mortality by percentage,
it was not the most deadly disease we’ve ever seen. The Black Death, for example, which ravaged
Europe 1347-1351, though it originated in Central Asia in the 1330s, killed an estimated
23 million of Europe’s roughly 72 million inhabitants in that period, which is roughly
a third of the population. But we hadn’t seen anything like that for
centuries by 1918. Sure, there was malaria, which overall killed
more people through the years, and smallpox, which killed hundreds of millions of people
between 1900 and 1950, but the rate of people dying over just that two year of period, coming
on the heels of the First World War, made it really seem that, one way or another, the
world was coming to an end. Aside from just the death toll, which was
3-5% of the global population, the flu infected some 500 million people. About a quarter of the world was infected,
and it killed up to 20% of those infected, whereas a normal flu has a mortality rate
of just 0.1%. Unlike most flu outbrea ks that primarily
kill the very young, the elderly, or the sickly, a huge proportion of those killed by the Spanish
Flu were healthy young adults. One explanation for that is that death is
caused by a cytokine storm provoked by the flu. This is an overreaction of the immune system
to a pathogen. Cytokines tell our immune cells to fight the
invader and an exaggerated response to an especially virulent pathogen in, say, the
lungs, can lead to respiratory failure. A cytokine storm is the result of a healthy
and vigorous immune system, so the stronger immune systems of young adults, when confronted
with the flu, ravaged their own bodies, while those with much weaker immune systems saw
far fewer deaths. Also, a study published in the scientific
Journal PNAS in 2014 shows that children born in the years just after 1889 were never exposed
to the kind of flu that struck in 1918, which left them uniquely vulnerable, while older
people had been, which gave them immunity. Those researchers looked back at the dominant
flu strains going back to 1830. There was an 1889 world outbreak called the
Russian Flu, the H3N8 virus, which left that generation of children unexposed to an H1
type virus like the 1918 flu. Those letters and numbers by the way, refer
to a flu’s proteins. Starting in 1900, there were seasonal outbreaks
of H1 type flus that the study claims provided partial immunity to children born after 1900,
and all this could explain why adults aged 18-29 were basically the hardest hit. The Spanish Flu, despite its name, did not
originate in Spain. During 1918, when the flu spread among the
armies fighting the war, wartime censors minimized the spread of news about it to maintain morale. Spain was neutral, though, so the newspapers
were free to report on the epidemic, and the media in the warring nations was free to write
about its effects in Spain, which created the false impression that it originated there,
thus giving rise to its name. If you’re wondering exactly where it did
originate, there are several theories. Many say that the first confirmed outbreak
was at Fort Riley, Kansas, and it was American troops that were first infected and who brought
the flu to Europe with them. A British virology investigation in 1999 places
Etaples in France, near the battlefront, as the center of the epidemic and postulated
that a precursor virus among birds migrated to pigs kept in the region and from there
to humans. Dr. Claude Hannoun, the leading Spanish flu
expert for the Pasteur Institute, hypothesized that the virus came from China, before mutating
in the United States and spreading to Europe and the rest of the world. While he thought it was possible the disease
originated in Kansas, he did not think it likely. Also, just a few years ago, historian Mark
Humphries found archival evidence of a respiratory illness that struck Northern China in late
1917 and may have been spread to Europe by the nearly 100,000 men of the Chinese Labor
Corps. A 2016 report from the Journal of the Chinese
Medical Association, though, found no evidence that the virus was imported to Europe from
East Asia, and actually found some evidence that it was already in circulation among the
European armies before the 1918 pandemic broke out. Wherever it came from, it was catastrophic,
and the close quarters and massive troop movements, as well as the new access to modern transportation
systems, quickly spread it everywhere. There are those who argue that the flu was
one thing that tipped the balance in the war in favor of the Allies, and it’s true that
there is data that the Central Powers were hard hit before the Allies were and that mortality
in Germany and Austria was higher than in Britain and France. But that I cannot confirm. On November 30th, 1919 health officials will
declare the Spanish Flu pandemic over, though deaths will continue into the spring of 1920. A world that had just been devastated by four
years of total war, a world that was just beginning to rebuild itself, had to do so
against a background of millions upon millions of people dying of disease. And think of this: most of the people fighting
and dying in the Great War were men born between 1889 and 1900. Most of the people that died form the Spanish
Flu were born in the same time frame. An entire generation has just lost up to 100
million people right when they come of age. That’s around 18% of all the young adults
of the world wiped out in less then five years, and the proportion of males lost is significantly
higher because of being soldiers. Shortly after the war, the novelist and patron
of arts Gertrud Stein will name this generation the “Lost Generation”, and they are already
generally considered “decadent, dissolute, and irretrievably damaged by World War I”. True or not, a big chunk of that generation
was indeed lost to war or illness. However, those that remain are part of what
is in many ways a new world, with new nations, new philosophies, and very different and new
demographics, and many will use their experiences of suffering to work to make that world better,
in a variety of ways. That is beyond the scope of this channel,
though. Today was a brief look beyond what we usually
cover- man’s occasional inhumanity to man, and to look at nature’s occasional indifference
to mankind. If you want to check out our other epilogue
episodes, you can click right here for our epilogue playlist. Don’t forget to subscribe, see you next
time.

100 Comments

  • Reply schuetze_jack December 4, 2018 at 11:41 am

    my grandma survived the spanish flu and from her we have till now following family traditions: we wash our hands with soap befor we eat or after visiting the wc, each of us have private spoon, fork and drinking cup or glass, we used to wash up with some sodium carbonate(now with a dish washer). and we dont f_ck around…it helped, no spanish flu. 🙂 but really: it was a war, people had not enough to eat, less vitamins, less fruits, soap was not easy to get, the soldiers were all in trenches. i can understand y there were so many dead… no more wars!!!

  • Reply Ivan December 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Deja vu
    I've just been in this place before
    Higher on the street
    And I know it's my time to go…

  • Reply Shylock Shy December 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    3:13 encoming triggered anti-vaxxer idiots.

  • Reply Patrick Holt December 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    It's hard not to sympathise with the survivors of the Geat War and the Flu who turned to drink. The world was still not ready or willing to provide them with "homes fit for heroes", so they mostly came home to the same kind of chronic unemployment, poverty and absence of public services (or much worse, in the cases of Germany and Russia) that had existed prior to the war – hardly therapeutic for traumatised young men. So if some were characterising them as dissolute, maybe they had reason to be.

  • Reply 12799MaDeuce December 4, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    "immune system ravages their own body"

    there's a "surprised pikachu" meme for this

  • Reply Adrigue le vert December 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    This is exactly the sad story of Guillaume Apollinaire. One of the greatest French poets, of polish ascent, inventor of the term cubism and precursor of surrealism. Thought as an immigrant it was his duty to volunteer in the war. Eventually badly wounded he was sent back home in Paris to recover from his injuries in 1918, and died of the flu on the… 9th of November!!! 2 days only before the armistice.

  • Reply Καπτεν Χαρλοκ December 4, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    A world war and this unthinkable disease.Just imagine the reaction of the religion-junkies in 1918-1919.

  • Reply Joaquin Andreu December 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The Spanish Flu, which originated in KANSAS, USA. Anglos being anglos, passing the blame to the Spanish…

  • Reply Jon Baxter December 4, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Humanity: We are the best at killing each other with our modern technology and weapons. We are kings of death!

    Nature: Hold my beer…

  • Reply masterimbecile December 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The H and N in virus names refer to 2 types of viral proteins, hemeagglutinin and neuraminidase (viral type), respectively. They are both crucial in viral replication.

    Simply put, viruses (1000 times smaller than a cell) enter a healthy cell, hijacks its normal machines to make more viruses, but then needs a way to explode the host cell in order to get out and infect more cells. Here, hemeagluttinin lets the replicated viruses attach to the inside of the host cell's cell membrane, and neuraminidase (an enzyme) cuts a hole in membrane to let out the viruses.

    These are just 2 of the machineries used by viruses, but they happen to be very useful for scientists to name the viruses; they are pretty standard for influenza viruses, yet show enough differences for us to be able to tell one influenza virus from another (kinda like how everyone has eyes and ears, but are all slightly different enough for us to use to distinguish different people).

  • Reply Zoltán Perei December 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Ra's Al Ghul did bring the flu in Europe.

  • Reply Ozgur Budak December 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    My greatgrandfather was a medical officer in the ottoman army. He spent years in hijaz and palestine serving the army before and during the war. After the armistice he and his family were moving to Erzincan Garrison in the Eastern Anatolia. On the way from İstanbul his wife and daughter caught spanish flu and died in a couple of days in Samsun, a town in the black sea region. My greatgrandfather was left with my grandfather who was just a baby in a town he did not know after all those years of struggle and hardship. He resigned from the army, never remarried, opened a pharmacy and stayed at this blacksea town where the graves of his loved ones are located. I always thought this story as a personel tradegy that is shared by millions of people during and after the great war.

  • Reply SpazzyMcGee1337 December 4, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    What is the cultural impact on the world of losing an entire generation to eat and disease and leaving most others relatively untouched?

  • Reply h lynn keith December 4, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Mother Nature says, "War? Fifteen million dead? Here. Hold my beer and watch this."

  • Reply Toddehboi December 5, 2018 at 12:21 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS CHANNEL

  • Reply Sean Raymond December 5, 2018 at 12:46 am

    indy is still here?

  • Reply A Human From Earth December 5, 2018 at 2:10 am

    My great grandfather was in the US Army in 1918 and was stationed in Texas as a medic. So many people died while he was there that he couldn't handle it so he quit and became a cook.

  • Reply Yat Sum Leung December 5, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Recent years there's a lot of fear for the "Swine Flu" as it is also an H1 series flu virus like the Spanish flu which recent young adults had no exposure to in their lifetimes yet

  • Reply Andrew Turner December 5, 2018 at 2:28 am

    "Occasional"?

  • Reply 黑狮子 December 5, 2018 at 2:50 am

    this can happen again and it’s very frightening to me…

    it can destroy so much

  • Reply Oswaldo Lopez December 5, 2018 at 2:59 am

    It is incredibly satisfying listening Indy talking with medical technicisms. Thank you for this and all episodes! Awesome work! Cheers.

  • Reply Pedro Alvarez December 5, 2018 at 3:33 am

    5:57 that drawing says "They still come in benign fashion. We lack graveyards"

  • Reply Frank Br December 5, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Beside the black death in the middle age, there was another big disease, brought by the Spanish conqueror to the Mexican population. They brought Influenza, Pocks and Morbilli to them, and returned to Europe Syphilis.

  • Reply Jay Abbott December 5, 2018 at 9:54 am

    There’s a large section in the main cemetery of my hometown where all the deaths are 1918 and 1919. Has to be the Spanish Flu

  • Reply Lacas Mikael December 5, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Will you make another series on the Russian civil war?

  • Reply Brian Matthews December 5, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Extra credits history video on this did a great job calling out the stupidity of the generals ignoring calls for isolation. Shame that you didn't use your extensive knowledge to elaborate

  • Reply Adnef03 December 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    my great grandfather died to the flu, same day as his son was born

  • Reply Alex Krycek December 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    People with better immune system were more likely to die from a disease. Just how many layers of irony is that?

  • Reply Whitish Sine8 December 5, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Wait I don’t get it, you said that people with stronger inmune systems were weaker to the flue than those with weak systems
    But, you also said that the flu hit harder the central powers troops
    How is that? I suppose that they were weaker due to the food situation, weren’t they supposed to held more than allies troops with that logic? Or am I missing something?

  • Reply Daily_dose_ of_deutschland December 5, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    No one expected the spanish

  • Reply andrew evolution December 6, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Sooo the match continues… bonus tickets added to the server… the war it's not over! See you in the Battlefield ! 1 !

  • Reply sahil singh December 6, 2018 at 10:46 am

    The country that suffered most due to Spanish Flu was India, with around 40% of people who died were Indians, of course, the British apathy played a major role but it hardly even gets a mention and when people picture Spanish flu they picture a returning European soldier when in reality the average person who died of Spanish Flu was an Indian Peasant. But mentioning India can open a can of worms for British Empire so its left untouched in popular discourse when mentioning Spanish Flu.

  • Reply Rogred December 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Wait, Indy is back???

  • Reply Rogred December 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I was just reading an article on the origin of this epidemic

  • Reply Markatronick Gamer December 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Finally thank you i ask like on summer ago

  • Reply buster117 December 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Only kaiserboos say that Germany lost because of the Spanish flu

  • Reply Jeremy Dyke December 6, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Man, what a series. going to have to go back to the first video and watch it all over again.

  • Reply Brandon Evans December 7, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Will you be doing a video on postwar Shell Shock (PTSD)??

  • Reply Scott Bergquist December 7, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Of interest: there is a Youtube video of a film shot around 1917, about the Dodge Brothers and their factory for making automobiles. The Dodge Brothers were automotive machinists and mechanical geniuses (IMHO) and actually saved Henry Ford way back (1904) when Ford was virtually broke and facing the demise of his business. They worked with Ford until around 1914, when they stopped making Ford components, and sold off their holdings ($25 million in 1914 dollars) in Ford Motor Company, to start making their own rival automobile.

     By 1917,, the Dodge Brothers were the leading auto manufacturer, much above Ford, in quality, models, outputs, and innovations (electric starter, all-steel body,etc)
    The two Dodge Brothers died in 1920 as a result of the influenza epidemic. Their automotive empire disintegrated without the brothers' leadership and vision.

    Another example of history changed by the Influenza Epidemic.

  • Reply Bill Huber December 7, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    This is what Steven King based his book " the stand " off of .

  • Reply Moza Rella December 8, 2018 at 12:45 am

    so it deadlier toward healthy and strong erson..thats dark

  • Reply Daniel December 8, 2018 at 1:05 am

    "-to work to make that world better in a variety of ways. That is beyond the scope of this channel, though." We never get any joy, do we.

  • Reply Quar ant December 9, 2018 at 3:41 am

    It came from China.

  • Reply Charles Goodwin December 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    The horror…

  • Reply Ezis Gaming December 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Inde and teem
    My great grandfather was a artillery gunner got shot in the leg .

  • Reply Joshua Romero December 9, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    What if it comes back?

  • Reply airraverstaz December 9, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Death didn't get his fill from the war alone….

  • Reply Thomas Wilkinson December 9, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    We had quite a hard time in winter 2017/18 with a lot of patient's problems exacerbated by a flu in Bavaria and around. But all this is dwarfed by all the dead people in 1918/19. This war was a catastrophe beyond anything and the Spanish flu seems like an orchestrated Ending to a grotesque play.

  • Reply SP FromNY914 December 10, 2018 at 1:31 am

    R.I.P. To all who died from the Spanish Flu🙏🏼

  • Reply dclark142002 December 10, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    "…and then came a darkness…" – from oral histories in East Africa about 1918-1919.
    Deeds of sacrifice and valor for the native carriers of the armies engaged in fighting were passed down by the community…but the Flu? That was so devastating to the community that oral history CEASED.

  • Reply Thomas Ridley December 11, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Nature looked as us in ww1 and said here hold my beer. And yet with all this death it hardly slowed our population growth.

  • Reply stonehaven December 12, 2018 at 1:03 am

    This is among your very best work. Maybe the best.

  • Reply Joel D December 12, 2018 at 3:36 am

    When we take into account population size this would be like 300 million people dying in 18 months. That would be the entire population of the US today!

  • Reply Joel D December 12, 2018 at 3:42 am

    The Spanish Flu missed the one person it should have killed: Adolf Hitler.

  • Reply Zamolxes77 December 12, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I wonder if the Spanish Flu wasn't some form of retribution from a higher power, instant karma, on the generation that blindly followed their political leaders and committed mass murder in their name. If all the soldiers from that generation would have had the balls to say NO and refuse to go to war, then terminate the fucked up governments that ruled their countries, world might have been different.

    In the Divine law, taking another human life is murder and is marked the same upon the soul, regardless if it was done robbing a bank, silently in the dead of night or on the field of battle. Even if you kill someone else in self defense, is still murder.

    I chose to believe it was instant karma aimed at eliminating a generation of sheep.

  • Reply Ville san December 13, 2018 at 10:13 am

    strangely you dont often hear about the spanish flu being talked about even in school, despite being such a deadly disease happening not very long ago in historic terms.

  • Reply Andreina Rangel December 13, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    …there were far flung villages in the Castile/Leon region of Spain that did not suffer a single death because of that flu. It pays to be isolated.

  • Reply Pete Vandervort December 13, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Wrong there was one remote island where the flu did not reach!!!

  • Reply Sean Connery December 14, 2018 at 8:48 am

    You are one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever seen or heard.

  • Reply Cris Cabrera December 16, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Damn it I’m sorry for the lost generation they truly were lost before they had a chance to live and for that I’m so so sorry thank you for your sacrifice I’m sorry

  • Reply Aj Jingco December 18, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Europe is such a FUCKED up continent.

  • Reply Hell's a poppin December 21, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Where is Indie going after he leaves this show ? I enjoy his presentations. He also puts me in mind of the WW II Vets I saw when my Dad took me to the VFW with him.

  • Reply indy_go_blue60 December 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    There's another flu video that shows US troops overrunning a German underground bunker with poor ventilation. The Germans beat off the attack but there were dead US and German bodies in and around the bunker for several days. This was in July 1918 and the video postulates that this bunker is where the flu infected the German soldiers then spread from there. Considering how quickly it spread to even the remotest areas of the world, it's hard to tell, but it's an interesting theory.

  • Reply Deja Voodoo January 2, 2019 at 9:10 am

    The flu got its name because Spanish newspapers were the only ones calling it for what it was. The flu got its origins in ramshackle barracks in Kansas and Massachusetts

  • Reply Joella Z January 2, 2019 at 10:47 am

    People say it was the British, French and Americans who won the war. Wrong! It was the Spanish.

  • Reply Brian Miller January 5, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Dude looks like he enjoys distilled grains as much as I do. I'd enjoy a single malt with him.

  • Reply theoutlook55 January 7, 2019 at 3:09 am

    I like Indy's quote at the end of the video. It's worth noting though that Man's occasional inhumanity against man is very rarely surpassed by Nature's occasional indifference to humanity.

  • Reply Over Thinker January 9, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    That’s a great line at the end; “mans occasional inhumanity to man and natures indifference to mankind”.

  • Reply Justin Ralston January 23, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Dont realize how lucky I am that I wasnt born 100 years earlier

  • Reply Trev S February 13, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Shotton – a small town in North Wales has the dubious notoriety of having the highest percentage of deaths brought back by troops at the end of Great war

  • Reply Grizabeebles February 14, 2019 at 10:05 am

    More people died from the Flu than during the war AND war veterans on average had some immunity to the flu from prior exposure to a less fatal strain of the flu.
    As a result, the flu disproportionately killed healthy adult draft dodgers and the heirs to families of means that could "pull strings" to keep their sons out of combat.

    In time, the "Lost" Generation ultimately became the generation that brought in women's suffrage, empowered the labour movement, ended "robber-baron" capitalism, segregation and prohibition, created old age security and the welfare state, condemned the KKK to irrelevance, and brought about "the New Deal". In fact, some call them the "Greatest" Generation.

    Truth be told, I've never seen more powerful evidence that the greatest drain on society is a wealthy person with a sense of entitlement.

  • Reply M3t4PhYzX February 14, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    How did it hit the Arctic, though..? South america also got hit? Siberia?

    damn..

  • Reply IdioticProgramming March 11, 2019 at 7:06 am

    lol "China determines China didnt start the flu"

    ok there

  • Reply WJack97224 March 14, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for the history. There are many penalties and legacies of wickedness. The deaths and misery due to the Spanish Flu emanates from the evil in political leaders who took their people to wars. It is all leaders not just one side. People blame AH for WW II in Europe but the French and Brits could have prevented it early on. The US/FDR provoked both Germany/AH and Japan before and prior to Dec. 7, 1941. It was lunacy in 1914 for Austria to declare war on Serbia as political leaders are assassinated regularly.

  • Reply WJack97224 March 14, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Thanks for the Gertrude Stein quote: Calling the men and boys and even some women "The Lost Generation" and they are already considered decadent, dissolute and irretrievably damaged by World War I. Again, the penalties for leaders taking or forcing people to fight wars. Today, it appears that we are witnessing an echo "lost generation" syndrome in that people are falling for the lies of commie/socialist political leaders like ocasio-cortez and bernie sanders and kumala "umbala" harris and dianne feinstein and debbie wasserman-schultz and chuck schumer and adam schiff and maxine waters and gavin newsom and beto o'rourke and ilhan omar and rashida tlaib and the masses of anti-Christians.

  • Reply WJack97224 March 14, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Interesting coincidence to remember is that the corrupt Amerikan politicians imposed the fiat currency system, the Federal Reserve Bank in Dec. 1913 just 7 months before WW I began. It was this immoral, criminal system that facilitated the financing government/politicians and business so as to pursue the war and the mass slaughters and maimings and of course the spread of the Spanish Flu.

  • Reply Richard Bourke April 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks Indy and team, I just finished binge watching the entire series – well done. Regarding the flu, note that stress weakens the immune system (by inhibiting telomerase release from the brain) and, in addition to the limited vitamin-C in troop diets, this chronic stress (caused by PTSD, depression, and low morale) would have meant that soldiers would have had the weakest immune systems, not the strongest. That's why they were hit hardest. Also add to this the fact that sick soldiers were moved into hospitals full of other sick/injured soldiers and you see why the flu spread so fast and easily.

  • Reply D. Chuck April 11, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Like the movie Contagion but in real life. But only 26 million died in that movie.

  • Reply Attacker792 April 15, 2019 at 8:16 am

    So did the Spanish flu kill more than the Black Death in total

  • Reply Fred Stam April 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Wederom een top video, Again one top video.

  • Reply Hosea Matthews April 27, 2019 at 8:03 am

    The world: we just finished a horrible war we want to live in peace

    Spanish Influenza: shame

  • Reply pantslizard May 29, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I miss Indy… :>(

  • Reply fern Haloo June 6, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Local cemetery near Pittsburgh, PA has all too large children's area with deaths from flu? BTW, my grandmother observed that many apparently healthy WW1 vets just died in the 1920's and 30's.

  • Reply L_J June 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    War , Disease Rough times.

  • Reply Blackwolf Gaming July 3, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Woot number 6.000 like

  • Reply Andrew Cowan July 19, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Great informative video. Probably the worst imaginable scenario to find yourself in, baring the plagues hitting the New World.

  • Reply Gen X July 22, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Whichever way you look at it the US has been an absolute disaster for the planet

  • Reply Challis Venstra July 24, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Killed my grandma’s sister. She was 18 months old. I can’t even imagine. Her parents were so sick they couldn’t go to her funeral. Spring of 1920 in a small town in southern Idaho. In the family history they call it the world war flu.

  • Reply RSM82 July 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    The Spanish Flu kinda smacks "survival of the fittest" right in the face.

  • Reply WhyName WhyName July 27, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    We're the Mainstream Media: "Lying our butts off since 1919."

  • Reply VersusARCH July 29, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    My great great great grandfather (who was in the Serbian army) and grandmother both died of pneumonia in 1918. He survived the entire war as a fighting soldier, including the deadly retreat from Serbia to Corfu in 1915-6 and took part in the Vardar offensive and was seen by my other great great great grandfather who was also in the army (a Chauchat machine gunner), but in a different unit, who knew him since they were both from the same village, and who survived the war and came back home, that he had been demobilized and on his way home. But he was later reported being in a hospital… His wife with young kids had been waiting for him to return home during the four years of the war and as it ended contracted pneumonia in about the same time her husband was last seen alive and died. I think the manner of death and the timing makes it a safe bet that they both died of pneumonia caused by the raging epidemics of the Spanish flu. 😢

  • Reply ToxicHamster YT August 14, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Why I question myself if the Spanish flu was a biological weapon…

  • Reply atletico ATM August 24, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    They call it the Spanish flu not because it originated there. But because Spain (being a neutral country in WW1), had no censorship on press. So the Spanish papers reported the story of this killing disease first.

  • Reply Julz XD September 10, 2019 at 7:04 am

    It just goes to show that immunity is never certian, even after a global conflict that many young adults managed to survive. Millions can be wiped out by flu and/or other diseases just like that. The fact that those who were born in 1890 were more likely to get the flu aswell as be of perfect age to fight and make weapons is an awfully unfortunate thing. Most awful.

  • Reply Julz XD September 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    100 million young adults around the world were lost to war and flu. May we never forget… The Lost Generation😢💖

  • Reply Chandle r September 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I got H1N1 in 2009, ravaged me for weeks

  • Reply Aleksandr Moklinowski September 19, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Another example of the anglo-saxon propaganda with its Black Legend against Spain…. It's not originated in Spain but… it's called Spanish. Thanks bros, we do love you so much. I'll continue building Spanish Balconies…

  • Reply C M October 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I always had in my mind, about this virus coming from China and being a Biological weapon. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Reply Glupsson October 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Sounds like this could have been spread deliberately as a biological weapon. Considering mainly 18-29y olds got affected

  • Reply SpecialNewb October 30, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Europe: we are masters of death!
    Nature: Hold my virus.

    Cytokine storms is what will do the killing if H5N1 ever makes the jump. Notably H1N1 hit us about a decade ago.

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