10 Misconceptions About the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’

Article Link: https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/03/17/10-misconceptions-about-the-1918-spanish-flu/

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Pandemic: It’s a scary word. But the world has seen pandemics before, and worse ones, too. Consider the influenza pandemic of 1918, often referred to erroneously as the “Spanish flu.” Misconceptions about it may be fueling unfounded fears about COVID-19, and now is an especially good time to correct them. In the pandemic of 1918, between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5% of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.