"How Deadly, was the Deadliest Flu?"
When many social scientists think of the influenza, their memory immediately jumps back to the infamous 1918 flu pandemic.
The 1918 flu spread to almost every part of the world -- it was capable of causing one of the deadliest and most virulent strain of the Influenza A virus. Unfortunately for historians there is not enough evidence to pinpoint the exact origin of the 1918 flu. Many hypothesize that the 1918 flu originated in the Far East -- transmitted from human to human because of the constant deployment of troops during World War One.
The 1918 flu spread so rapidly, that between March 1918 and June 1920 it was able to claim the lives of 50 to 100 Million people. The 1918 flu was so incredibly strong, that it even lasted the freezing temperatures of the Arctic and Pacific Islands. And by the time the1918 flu came to a close the number of infected people reached over 500 million people, or at that time; one third of the world's total population.
In order to advance the innovation of science; scientists have dug up a number of frozen victims from the 1918 flu to help prepare a new vaccine strain that would prevent another devastating outbreak.
Because the 1918 flu was so virulent, there was an overabundance of virus that entered the person's body causing it to be so severe. Also, another thing about the1918 flu , the age group it mostly infected was a fairly similar age group; they were the young adults with the strongest immune systems.