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Humanity’s Deadliest Flu Outbreak

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Abu Mathloom says:

I always suffer from it

Jason Polk says:

The Gates Foundation has put out the warning that the world is due again for a epidemic

Robbie Underwood says:

They say you woke up sick and died by nightfall.

Aaron Palmer says:

You really think this virus was a naturally occurring phenomenon? We already know what kinds of weapons were being experimented with during World War 1, so it naturally follows that the global influenza outbreak during that war was an experimental weaponised virus. That or a punishment from God for the dual evils of globalism and warfare.

allan lanktree says:

Excellent video and sage advice. In an age of "anti vaxers", "get your flu shot" should be shouted loud and clear.

GCNavigator says:

You truly are an agent of disinformation. Pushing flu vaccines? Give it a rest.

James Staley says:

My mother, who was born in 1904 remembers the outbreak. One thing she told me was that every woman who was pregnant and got the flu died.

Dexter Koula says:

WHY DOESN"T THIS HAVE MORE VIEWS?!?!?!

Robert Chutney says:

From which USA laboratory this virus esceped????

daffidavit says:

At time 6:35 you mention an interesting fact in your lung diagram. That is, in 2008 doctors asserted the flu virus made the lungs more susceptible to a secondary infection of pneumonia. My personal doctor, and good friend, once told me many years before 2008 to take antibiotics about a week after getting the flu or a serious pulmonary virus.
I challenged him on this, arguing that everybody knew that antibiotics do not work on viruses and can lead to antibiotic resistance. He agreed but told me that many times he observed his patients get a secondary bacterial lung infection, including pneumonia, following a lung virus. He emphasized it was important to wait for some time after the virus exposure before taking antibiotics.
I'm sure many in the medical profession may take issue, but this video confirms what my doctor told me over 20 years ago.

Amendment: After I wrote this, I noticed the issue was discussed further down. But I think the issue is worth mentioning again.

daffidavit says:

Two of the three "Fatima" apparition children died from this flu.

Pierre LeDouche says:

Well done! This is a subject I've been fascinated–and horrified–by for many years. It's a story I will tell to people at the drop of a hat, because there are clueless people even in my own family who refuse to get immunizations of any kind because of some loony belief that immunizations are more harmful than the disease prevented by the vaccination. I find that even explaining that as many as 100 million died during this pandemic tends to make people's eyes glaze over to the point that they pretend to listen only to be polite. Too big a number, I guess, to drive home with some folks. I find that giving a different statistic–at the pandemic's peak, over 700 people were dying every day in Philadelphia alone–gets their attention a bit more effectively.

Look, I know that some of my family and friends think I'm nuts for my extended diatribes over this subject. But what frustrates me the most is that it's like a nuclear war was fought in 1917-1918 and today, nobody remembers. Or wants to remember. Speaking in sheer numbers, there was no deadlier event in human history.

I will say that another "deadliest pandemic" candidate exists, and that's variola major, or smallpox. Since most of the infamous human-killing diseases throughout history are known by the descriptions of the symptoms and outcomes (e.g. death), rather than testing and medical diagnosis, historians have said that some of those plagues were not plague at all, but rather smallpox. We must also consider the effect smallpox had on the American Indian population once diseased European explorers crossed the ocean. Of the latter, it's impossible to know the death toll. But it was no doubt staggering. Millions.

Speaking of the future, if a "weaponized" smallpox virus ever makes it out into "the wild" then we're all pretty much hosed. Even my three immunizations (one as a child, twice as a soldier) against the virus will be totally useless. And a future return of the "Great Flu?" Anyone who has watched the last five minutes of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" has seen a decent preview of how quickly a pandemic can spread because of modern air travel. For that one I'll be getting my flu vaccine, and will if necessary frog-march at gun point any of my family and friends who refuse the vaccine, because of some nutcase conspiracy theory, to the doctor to get the shot like it or not. They can put me in jail after. I'm okay with that. Regardless, those of us who live in a country with a strong healthcare and pharmaceutical industry are the most likely to get the immunization they need. Those in poorer or poorly-run countries, not so much.

I was really impressed with this video's explanation of a possible reason that people in their so-called prime tended to die out of proportion to the flu's usual killing of the oldest and youngest. I've been reading on this subject for thirty years and only just saw a reasonable hypothesis on it for the first time in the past five years or so. Another interesting fact is that after the Great Flu the incidence of tuberculosis dropped straight through the floor, demographically speaking. Not hard to deduce why. Given that many or most victims of the flu actually died from an opportunistic bacterial secondary infection of one sort or another, it's easy to see anyone with a tuberculosis infection being one of the first out the door. So to speak.

Good work. Thanks and keep it up.

William Sheehan says:

Love this channel.

robert hesseling says:

Boy, you lost me there when you said get a Flu shot. You may not know what they are putting in them these days.

Steve Capps says:

scary and informative

The History Guy: Five Minutes of History says:

A couple of viewers have noted that I mention antibiotics when referencing a 2006 study in the conclusion. Antibiotics do not treat nor prevent viral infections like influenza.

The reason that they are mentioned is that viral infections can, in a number of ways, reduce the body’s defenses and allow a secondary bacterial infection. In the case of the 1918 pandemic, the H1N1 virus often resulted in a secondary infection of bacterial pneumonia that was often the actual cause of death. As the pandemic occurred a decade before the discovery of antibiotics, many people died who might be saved today. However, the conclusion of the US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology analysis is that even with modern antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections, a new pandemic could still be very deadly.

Today we have antiviral medications, which are frequently prescribed to lesson the severity of an influenza infection. As with antibiotics, if those are prescribed by your doctor, take them according to instructions. Although antiviral medications work differently than antibiotics, there is a similar medical concern that not taking a full course may encourage the occurrence of viral strains that are resistant to the medication. Doctors emphasize that you should take the entire course of the medication as prescribed.

teeembeee says:

New subscriber here. One suggestion: Talk just a little bit slower.

Bullettube says:

There was some research done a few years ago that indicated that soldiers in France had been dying from the flu without doctors realizing it. The research indicated a strong link between the slaughter of hog, steers and chickens behind the front lines as the cause. Grain fed to the animals attracted birds and may be the source of the virus which was then transmitted to the pigs and chickens. The symptoms were very similar to that following a gas attack, and thus the confusion of the doctors. My grandfather suffered from a gas attack in 1918, he came home and recovered but he lost a sister to the flu, and he died from a lung disease in 1950 that was made possible by the damage to his lungs from the gas. The war definitely made the pandemic worse and it's affect lasted for two generations.

Steve Fowler says:

When I was a kid I found a dead bird and wanted to pick him up and my Dad told me to never touch a dead bird…sounds like sage advice.

Homer Willis says:

My grand mother died in 1923 of lung disease. Could this been from her having the Influenza in 1918. Do not if she had this disease in 1918. Her death certificate lists her death from TB.

acchaladka says:

One of my father’s older brothers died of this, or of scarlet fever – unclear – at 18 months old. I’d imagine that death totals were even higher than the official count.

Thomas Lindsey says:

I think you should be called the Dr. History Guy. Very good information. Thank you

Aylivia B. says:

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tlalotoani says:

I read about a theory about that W shaped death graph, somewhere, some investigators found evidence that in the late 19th century (sorry, can't remember the year) there was a flu outbreak, apparently the same flu strain but way less deadly than the 1918 one, the people that got sick in late 19th century had the defenses for the AHN1 virus, and didn't have serious complications when got sick in 1918, but people that were born after the late 19th century outbreak didn't have the defenses.

Frank Eimer says:

Thanks great videos. Keep up the information.From this Canadian.

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How bout' you chill says:

Woah nice intro!

RUaCEO says:

Thank you for another great lesson in history!

sharadowasdr says:

What was the effect of the war on handling this flu ?

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