In late the COVID coronavirus appeared in China, quickly sweeping the world to become the most significant pandemic since the Spanish Flu one hundred years earlier. So how did these two pandemics compare in terms of lethality? And were the same countries affected the same way in both? The Spanish Flu was more lethal than COVID, striking worst amongst young adults, and generally occurring in waves that lasted just a few months. It broke out, in , in a world that was at the end of a World War, that was wracked by widespread revolution, and in which most of Africa and the South Pacific, and much of Asia, was under colonial rule.
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COVID seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. More information about differences between flu and COVID is available in the different sections below. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
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Mari Webel does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. People have turned to historical experience with influenza pandemics to try to make sense of COVID, and for good reason. But World War I and soldier mobilization created a situation well-suited to influenza dispersal. While the origin of the deadly strain of H1N1 remains obscure, evidence indicates that soldiers on the move drove circulation.
It characterized by the respiratory symptoms and general prostration. The Spanish flu was not a normal epidemic, it was a dangerous pandemic. Epidemics affect individuals at the same time in areas where the disease does not normally spread. A pandemic is an epidemic on a national, international, or global scale.