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What Was the 1918 Influenza Pandemic?

March 9, 2020

In 1918, a new and unusually deadly
influenza virus swept the globe, in a pandemic that we are still studying today. Dr. Taubenberger: “The 1918 pandemic caused the global deaths of probably fifty, and
maybe up to one hundred million people, making it the worst natural disaster in
all of recorded human history.” But what made the pandemics so lethal? NIAID’s
Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger has been studying the 1918 flu for decades. Dr. Taubenberger: “Most
people who had influenza in 1918 had a completely typical course of influenza,
like you would see today, but in 1918, a really unusually high number of people
ended up having very severe illness, meaning that they actually developed a
pneumonia, an infection of their lungs, that started out as a viral pneumonia
and then rapidly progressed in most cases to a secondary bacterial pneumonia.
They had no way to treat the viral infection, they had no way to treat the
secondary bacterial infections, so these people were just really left, in a sense,
to suffer. And this process from initial onset of infection to death by bacterial
pneumonias usually took around 10 or 11 days.” Ordinarily, influenza is most deadly
in the very young and the very old. But as Dr. David Morens explains, the 1918 virus was unusual. Dr. Morens: “The two things that were different in 1918 is that the deaths in all those age groups were more than they had been in other
pandemics that we had seen, and that there was a very high rate of death in
people between the ages of 20 and 40 which had never been seen before, and
which has never been seen since.” To find out why the virus was so lethal, Dr.
Taubenberger and other scientists retrieved samples of lung tissue,
preserved in paraffin, from soldiers that had died of the flu. Eventually, with the
help of tissue recovered from frozen bodies in Alaska, Dr. Taubenberger’s
team was able to reconstruct the 1918 flu virus. Dr. Taubenberger: “Unfortunately, when you look at
the genome of the virus, and just compare it on paper to other influenza viruses,
nothing obvious really pops out at you as to why it would
behave this way, and yet we know that this virus is a really virulent
pathogenic virus. One of the things the 1918 virus did, and does in
experimental animal models, and there’s data to say that that’s what happened in
people, is that it induced a really strong and very unusual kind of
inflammatory response so that the body’s response, immune response, to the virus
itself contributed heavily to lung damage and pathology, and probably
contributed to serious illness and death. So it’s this very unusual inflammatory
response that’s one of the key active research focuses of my laboratory, to
understand why the 1918 virus induced that, and what perhaps we could do in the
future to try to develop drugs that might target or limit aspects of the
inflammatory response as a way of treating severe viral infections.”


  • Reply peter December 19, 2018 at 6:27 am

    spanish flue is the direct resolt of mass vacination

  • Reply Cherry Williams February 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    This guy is a lying sack of crap.

  • Reply Pharmer David November 13, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    The so-called "Spanish Flu" was caused by vaccines – MANY vaccines. The website has information about that fact, but most information about this subject has been "scrubbed" (removed) from the internet. Now we are being told the "swine flu" variant caused the "Spanish Flu", and they will have a vaccine against it, which people will be scared into accepting. The polio and smallpox epidemics were caused by the vaccines 'against' them. The cities where the most people were vaccinated, are where the most people were infected with the horrific diseases. The has information on that subject too. While not everything on the may be true, MOST of the information there seems like it's true to me. Please do your own research, and don't just believe me. The is despised by the misinformation dissemination websites/channels like "metabunk", further proof it's true imho. Our medical system was weaponized against us ~100 years ago, possibly much earlier. My best advice is to NOT get vaccinations before researching the subject at the…..~!!!~*

  • Reply spideken January 22, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Im here bec. Of the new corona virus spreading in china

  • Reply hodaka07 January 26, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    The worst disaster other than communism of course.

  • Reply s0ad29 January 29, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    The narrator's voice is more lethal than the corona virus.

  • Reply tonythatjesusloves January 31, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    after some research i found not only this epidemic was a vaccine induced event ( rockafella produced )
    , but one made deadly by over prescription of bayers ( rothchild company ) newly developed aspirin ,which suppressed the bodies defence reactions and allowed the bacteria ( horse nheumonia not flu ) to get to a deadly hold , follow the link below and dont succumb to the fear

  • Reply AUDIOHOSTEM187 February 2, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I'm Here Because Of The Modelo Virus

  • Reply Senpai Lunar February 6, 2020 at 11:37 am

    my teacher at ap told us that this “spanish flu” kill 50million ppl ..! and then i remember this when im watching corona memes 😅

  • Reply Miguel Tapia February 7, 2020 at 2:05 am

    I have to do a essay on this -.-

  • Reply AvariceUntied February 7, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    The Black Death killed more people than the 1918 pandemic. Twice as much according to estimates by some historians.

  • Reply True Mysterious Ghost Stories February 8, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Who is here after the coronavirus……

  • Reply Lizzy York February 9, 2020 at 1:11 am

    My ears are now bleeding from listening to this narrator. I think ANYONE could have done this better.

  • Reply SMARTER THAN THE AVERAGE BEAR February 10, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Excellent video, great info especially on the young & the fit being most victims !!!!
    auto immune over drive killed them.

  • Reply Lisa Thompson February 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    This is the virus re made and used in China this is the same please listen mirror images that what they done USA

  • Reply Lisa Thompson February 14, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    China thank s us

  • Reply Lisa Thompson February 14, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Got no big wars to kill people planet getting to big use this virus make millions on vaccine after millions die

  • Reply Lisa Thompson February 16, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Open yours eyes

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  • Reply I eat amyl nitrate February 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Aw shit here we go again.

  • Reply Adrian Lindauer February 23, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Now Covid 19 Corona Virus is exploding all over the world, I hope it will not be so bad as the Spanish Flu Pandemic!

  • Reply inkey2 February 24, 2020 at 4:53 am

    My Grandfather died of The 1918 flu. I never got to meet him, He died at 28 years old.
    My dad was only 2 years old at that time. His mother and baby sister had a very rough time.
    Fortunately kindly relatives took them in. My dad made it through The 1918 Flu, The Great Depression and barely through World War II . In his life he was a devoted son, Father, banker & college professor. That stretch from 1918 through 1946 was a real rough period. I don't know how my dad made it to 83 years old.

  • Reply Barbara Daugherty February 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    My grandfather died of this flu. He was only 34 years old. My mother was only 8 or 9 at the time. It was thought she brought it to him from school. She had little more than a sniffle but she always felt she was the guilty party for spreading it to him.

  • Reply Joe Go February 26, 2020 at 7:32 am

    "what resurrecting the virus from preserved tissues has taught us."

    Not to do it. It can lead to covid 19 pandemic.

  • Reply Dreamssofblue Harmony February 26, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Anybody else notice the calcium shell and the crown around the virus? A spitting image of the novel corona virus.

  • Reply Mango Amigo February 27, 2020 at 6:22 am

    I found out coronavirus is started at USA not from China

  • Reply Ugandangirl February 29, 2020 at 2:30 am

    I'm getting scared… Every day

  • Reply M Cooper March 1, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    I remember my Grandmother who was born in 1900 telling me that when they lived on a farm in West Virginia that they would not allow any one to come into the farm because of the flu then was killing neighbors. They survived living off of the farm and were spared the flu.

  • Reply Lol Loly popy March 2, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Last year I got influenza A but it's a common one and not really deadly

  • Reply eda mame March 2, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    My grandfather who lived through these times always told us not to kiss pets or let the dog lick our faces. Now I hear a Covid-19 positive patient’s dog tested positive for the virus too. Of course that isn’t necessarily from letting the dog lick his face all over but if we really think about this nothing good can come from animals and humans exchanging saliva.

  • Reply Kay Rowlett Rowe March 3, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Note they said we are still studying this virus 100 years later. And the Dems are jumping on Trump for the Coronavirus. Trump has followed Presidential protocol in this matter. There has always been Presidential protocol for these type of health issues. He closed travel from China. If he had not done so, the Dems and MSNBC's of the world would be all over it. But they want to say, he has done nothing. Hundred of thousands die from the flu every year. Are we to blame past and present Presidents for that? Government agencies, which we count on are handling this matter, and Trump is now considering stopping travel from Italy. The stock market fell at an all time record, because of the fear and scare of the Dems and news media. BUT, guess what? March 2, 2020: Stock Market soared today. Best rise in history! Yet, they still want to spread fear and scare. They blamed Trump for the fall of the Market. Why don't they give him credit for it's rise since he has been President? Oh, that's right, they want to give Obama the credit. If the stocks were still down today, they would be blaming it on Trump and the Coronavirus. If they give Obama credit for all the rise, why didn't they blame him for the fall. Funny, how that works. If it is for their agenda, they give Obama the credit. But when stocks fell on Friday, it was all Trump's fault. It is a sad commentary for America.

  • Reply Yann Lee March 3, 2020 at 11:57 am


  • Reply Steven Wolf March 4, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Spanish flu, SARS, Wuhan virus, next – Zombie Apocalypse

  • Reply Sandra RockChic March 5, 2020 at 12:25 am

    So where it's this guy now?

  • Reply kenny Yu March 5, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Can viruses fight each other?

  • Reply Roger Diogo March 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    In a global economy all is left are pandemics, the pandemic killed the epidemic.

  • Reply N R March 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Chinese need to stop eating wild defenceless unclean animals. Period.

  • Reply Foot Lettuce March 5, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Now I know that coronavirus is just a normie compared to what nature could really bring to us.

  • Reply The Flash Allen March 5, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    I swear.. The COVID-19 is so similar to this. Either we aren’t being told something or the COVID-19 is the Great Flu Epidemic over again.

    I mean think about it, the fatality rate is similar. Not to mention the way they both spread are so familiar. Also to the fact the symptoms. The symptoms are what makes me believe either the COVID-19 is the Great Flu Epidemic / the Spanish Flu, there’s no way the two diseases are so similar. This theory could be true because we have seen the rate of death and how the Spanish Flu was spreading, so if they named it differently, the panic would be reduced, because we most likely never heard of COVID-19 aka The Coronavirus…

  • Reply samantha mason March 5, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    This is crimes against humanity over and over and over while the people in power that should be looking over us and looking out for us stand there and watch it happen and then lie innour faces on TV

  • Reply 0beydavid March 5, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Hold up why would you re create a virus can this be connected with the corona virus happening right now?

  • Reply 囼灣 March 6, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Now covid-19 is 1918 flu pandemic.

  • Reply Maurice Upton March 6, 2020 at 9:11 am

    The public didn't know what vitamins were until the 1950s.
    The USA had just recovered from an economic disater of the boll weevil cotton pest, also the eastern USA had another ecological disaster all their chestnut trees had died due to a fungus, many people were starving & lacking nutrients.
    There was little or no Hospital care, no antibiotics, no sulphur drugs, no reticulated water, no reticulated sewerage, and returning servicemen who's immunities were low…..not surprising people died like flies in 1918.

  • Reply Pfsif March 6, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Corona virus=Fear Porn for the elite

  • Reply Candice Rizzo March 7, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Here because the Coronavirus is now in the U.S.. we are seeing 2 different strands already with L and S makes you worried just how easily this virus could mutate into deadly or version

  • Reply Klaudia Lustig March 8, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Don't read the comments. They are very stupid.

  • Reply Tom Thomas March 9, 2020 at 5:54 am


  • Reply 126 SeventhDayAdventist March 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    That's about the same amount the papacy murdered in Italy the Waldenaians in the Piedmont mountains 1260 dark ages.
    KJV Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

    MYSTERY Religion 538 – 1798 Papacy Mother of Harlots 5th Head
    MYSTERY Religion 1798 – SL Protestant sects Daughters 6th Head

    Trump gets re-elected KJV Isaiah 10:13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:

  • Reply Delicia Estes March 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    What about the demonrat virus? Is there a cure for that? It affects the brain and causes coughing(killary) dementia(joe biden)and sleeziness(obama).

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