1918-1920 and the "Spanish Flu" Pandemic
March 26, 2020
A pandemic occurs when a disease spreads in significant numbers world-wide. If a disease is more limited in area, not found in large numbers in multiple continents, it is an epidemic. An outbreak simply means there are more cases of a disease in a specific local area than is normal.
The “Spanish Flu” was pandemic but not really Spanish at all. The world was at war and news media was not writing about nor reporting on news that might lower moral. It was illegal to print such news in the United States.
Spain, neutral during the war, had a press which wrote about and discussed the fl...