In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic affected Europe, the United States and several other countries, killing about 50 million people. The crisis began in January-February 1918, when many people began to die suddenly, after being accused of severe headaches, coughing, high fever and difficulty breathing.
At first, people said it was just a “cold.” Despite this, hospitals began to be overworked quickly, and it was not long before they could no longer cope.
On the other hand, social isolation measures were also adopted more than a century ago as well as the closure of schools, theaters and kindergartens, and public spaces were regularly disinfected. According to historians, people who did not wear a mask risked a $ 100 fine in the United States.
Despite these measures, in the absence of a vaccine, the virus has spread incessantly. The second wave of the pandemic was more deadly than the first wave.
After all, how did the Spanish flu end?
Despite limited knowledge of pandemic historians, experts agreed the end of the Spanish flu pandemic was in 1920, when society came to develop collective immunity to the virus – although it never completely disappeared.
How does a pandemic end?
According to experts, this stage occurs when there is a controlled community transmission and the cases of spread are at a very low level.