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Influenza Pandemic Of 1918 Essay

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From 1918-1919, the influenza virus swept the world and had disastrous effects. Different factor contributed to the spread of the virus. Many religious groups believed the virus was an evil that had fallen on the land and that only God can save them. Others caught the disease due to the lack of sanitary prevention, such as there being no inspections in the trading ports. Also many people were ignorant and knowledgeable about the pandemic because of the lack of response from health/government officials. In all, the lack of authority was a huge contributing factor to the spread of the influenza virus.

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, and due to the close quarter's nature of military service and trench warfare that helped the virus spread. Army recruits in World War One were brought together from a wide range of backgrounds to live in close proximity in army camps, barracks, troop-ships and trench dugouts. This along with the horrible conditions and the infestation of rats made it very easy for disease to spread. Soon, the war was
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But in all, the lack of authority was a huge contributing factor to the spread of the influenza virus. Just like the influenza virus, smallpox had devastating effects on the population it spread to and brought destruction to the native population in the New World . During the time when travelers were first coming to the New World, Europeans did not fully understand how diseases were spread or contracted, so there were a lack of safety prevention. Most Europeans saw the effects of disease on native populations as God’s divine work showing European settlers God was on their side. Also Europeans did not know how devastating their diseases, like smallpox, were to entire populations until they saw the deaths. Overall, From 1918-1919, the influenza virus swept the world and had disastrous effects which can be compared to how Smallpox impacted the old/new
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