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What Happened Immediately After The Spanish Flu Ended?

The so-called "Spanish flu" pandemic was one of the deadliest events in human history. But what about the Spanish flu aftermath? Even though the pandemic technically ended in 1920, its effects echoed into the decades that followed.

From 1918 to 1920, a particularly aggressive strain of influenza - H1N1 - burned across the world, taking the lives of an estimated 50 million people. Xenophobically referred to as the "Spanish flu," the disease didn't actually come from Spain: Spain's neutrality during WWI meant that journalists there freely reported on the pandemic's progress. Indeed, the conflict helped influenza spread. The illness ravaged military ranks and camps. When troops returned home, the disease followed.

The aftermath of significant historical events - like the ending of enslavement or the assassination of JFK - sheds even more light on those events. To fully understand how the Spanish flu ended is to acknowledge that it changed the world in subtle ways. The influenza pandemic wasn't just a global health crisis; it was also a political, economic, and social one with far-reaching ramifications.