Similarities between the horror outbreak of the Spanish Flu more than a century ago and the coronavirus could offer hope on how exactly today’s killer virus will be ended. Studies suggest that the outbreak back in 1918, which led to millions of deaths worldwide, did eventually die out and people’s immune systems built up enough strength against the virus to combat it. The two viruses are similar, as travel played a huge part in how the infections were spread.
Back in 1918, the planet was embroiled in World War I, which saw millions of people sent throughout the world to fight for their respective nations.
And in today’s modern world, connectivity between countries has never been greater.
The viruses also are strands of influenza that cause issues with the respiratory system.
Experts hope that two viruses could also end up following a similar path and simply dying out.
By late 1918, new cases of the Spanish Flu dropped abruptly.
One example that is cited is from Philadelphia, where at one point in October, 1918, 4,597 people died.
However just weeks later, the influenza had been completely eradicated from the city.
Dozens of theories on how the flu died have emerged, including the fact the disease mutated so quickly into a less violent strain.
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Scientists say this is a common occurrence in influenza viruses.
According to ABC, academic virologist Lisa Sedger from the University of Technology Sydney said in March the world had learned a lot since the Spanish Flu outbreak around 102 years ago.
She said: “A number of really significant medical lessons were learnt that benefited [a response to] not just respiratory diseases but all sorts of viral infections.
“You could argue that it was the advent of vaccination for infectious diseases.”
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It is unclear exactly how many people perished during the Spanish Flu outbreak, but reports claim up to 50 million people could have died.
The reports also predicted that 500 million people contracted the illness, which at the time represented 27 percent of the globe’s population.
Earlier in the week, the World Health Organisation labelled the outbreak a pandemic.
On Friday morning, it was reported that across the world there had been more than 125,288 cases of coronavirus.
Of these, at least 4,614 had perished.
Today, the first case of coronavirus was found in Kenya.
The country’s health minister Mutahi Kagwe said that the patient had traveled to Kenya from the US and was diagnosed on March 12.
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