The 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic

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The 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic was a deathly virus that made its way to every across the globe by 1919, leaving a devastating affect on the world’s population and leaving many questioning any previous faith in religion and modern science. This essay will explore the global affect of the Spanish Flu Epidemic with special reference to its impact on South African society. Victims of the Spanish flu epidemic suffered from an acute infection in the respiratory system. The virus itself takes its form in droplets exposed to the air, which could then be transferred from person-to-person with ease. Droplets were emitted into the air by an infected person, which could then infect others who breathed in these droplets. Urbanization, increased travel and the unfortunate late reporting’s of the influenza are factors which contributed to the expansion of the Spanish flu…show more content…
The Boston navy barracks provided that perfect condition for the virus to rapidly multiply, with some seven thousand men crowded together. The epidemic was thriving and it appeared much like an explosion as it struck the continents simultaneously and from there it spread rapidly across the globe. What had been considered a fairly mild influenza had broken out into a pandemic that held a looming threat over humanity. The first wave of the Spanish flu epidemic was marked by mild symptoms that shared a familiarity with the common flu, such as headaches, fevers and an overall weakness. The second wave of the Spanish flu epidemic brought enhanced and horrifying symptoms. Those who fell ill with the Spanish flu suffered from labored breathing, vomiting and nausea, bleeding from the nose or mouth and delirium. The Spanish flu epidemic was decidedly marked by a cracking sound in the chest and by a distinct odor released by the infected

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