Scientists offer several possible explanations for the high mortality rate of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Some analyses have shown the virus to be particularly deadly because it triggers a cytokine storm, which ravages the stronger immune system of young adults.
Likewise, people ask, how long did the 1918 flu last?
While the global pandemic lasted for two years, the vast majority of deaths were packed into three especially cruel months in the fall of 1918.
Furthermore, what stopped the Spanish Flu?
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet's population—and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans.
What was the worst pandemic in history?
Outbreak: 10 of the Worst Pandemics in History By Staff
- Asian Flu (1956-1958)
- Flu Pandemic (1918)
- Sixth Cholera Pandemic (1910-1911)
- Flu Pandemic (1889-1890)
- Third Cholera Pandemic (1852–1860)
- The Black Death (1346-1353)
- Plague of Justinian (541-542) Death Toll: 25 million.
- Antonine Plague (165 AD) Death Toll: 5 million.
What epidemic killed the most?
Cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox, and influenza are some of the most brutal killers in human history. And outbreaks of these diseases across international borders, are properly defined as pandemic, especially smallpox, which throughout history, has killed between 300-500 million people in its 12,000 year existence.