Pandemics in history: Spanish Flu

France 24 put together this interesting report into the Spanish Flu of 1918, which is estimated to have killed more than 50 million people globally.

We still don’t know where the Spanish Flu came from, but it became a pandemic when it reached Europe in 1918. Some estimates put the death toll at more than 50 million people worldwide.

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Spanish Flu almost certainly did not originate in Spain, but was first reported in the country owing to the nation’s neutral position in WWI, which enabled them more press freedom.

There are echoes of this disaster as the world battles Covid-19.

In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Boris Johnson refuses to rule out lockdown until summer as new variant spreads ‘very fast indeed’
  • US top doctor Anthony Fauci ‘honoured’ to announce US remaining WHO member after Biden order
  • BREAKING: COVID-19: Glastonbury music festival cancelled again
  • TCM now a must for those quarantined in N China’s Shijiazhuang
  • Joe Biden marks start of presidency with flurry of executive orders
  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

  • US top doctor Anthony Fauci ‘honoured’ to announce US remaining WHO member after Biden order
  • Purple suits and handmade mittens: Fashion icons of the US inauguration
  • Biden administration to change stance on Israel, Palestinians not convinced
  • At least 20 dead in double suicide bombing in Baghdad in first major attack in city centre in years
  • Donald Trump promises to come ‘back in some form’ as former president arrives in Florida
  • EU leaders welcome new Biden administration pushing for closer ties, while others less enthusiastic
  • In This Story: Spain

    Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church. 

    2 Recent Items: Spain

  • Aerial shots of Madrid building explosion: Death toll rises to four
  • Madrid Explosion: Emergency Crews Rush to Site of Deadly Gas Leak
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