HomeMp3HOW COVID-19 REMINDS THE WORLD OF THE SPANISH FLU DEBACLE

HOW COVID-19 REMINDS THE WORLD OF THE SPANISH FLU DEBACLE

Over a century after the 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic known as “Spanish flu” which ravaged the globe for 2 years, tragedy once again struck the world on the 31st of December 2019 with the outbreak of the
Corona virus(COVID-19).

The COVID19 started as an epidemic only limited to China (like the Spanish Flu was limited to Spain) and has now become a global pandemic with devastating effects.

Many young generations do not know the history of the Spanish Flu but the deadly disease is however quite similar to COVID19. Here’s how;

Firstly, the intensity and speed with which the virus struck the world were almost unimaginable and incomprehensible. Just like COVID19 now who’s statistics of infected, deaths and other revelations are quite shocking.

Secondly the Spanish Flu infected one-third of earth’s population, which at the time was about 500 million people. By the time it subsided in 1920, it had killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. Now the Corona virus is said to have so far been discovered in 1,447,466 and killed 83,470 persons around the world as at 3: 30GMT of 08/04/2020.

Furthermore, the symptoms of the two illness are quite similar. The Spanish Flu had symptoms such as fever, dry cough, tiredness and difficulty in breathing(which at the end often led to death), just like COVID-19.

Also, the pandemic left almost no part of the world untouched just like COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control(CDC), there are positive COVID19 cases in about 190 countries of the world. With highest number of deaths registered in Spain, the United States of America, Italy, France and China the epicenter of the virus.

Sadly just like the Spanish Flu, Scientists still do not know for sure where these disease originated. The US president Donald Trump calls it the Chinese virus. This is the first known cases was reported in Wuhan a city in Eastern China with a population of over 11 million.

Lastly scientists were unsure what caused the Spanish Flu and how to treat it. And just like today, with COVID-19, there are still no effective vaccines or antivirals drugs that can treat infected persons. There have been lots of recoveries, but doctors are yet to find a specific medication that can cure the disease

With hopes that a cure is found for COVID-19 it is advisable for all to continue respecting the medically prescribed measures of combating the spread and devastating effects of the virus.

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