‘The Spanish Flu was in 1918, not 1917 and it didn’t end the Second World War because WWII ended in 1945. I wish a f**king moron wasn’t flopping about in our White House,’ said an angry user Continue reading on MEAWW
According to President Donald Trump, the 1917 influenza ended World War II. However, as far as history goes both the year that the pandemic occurred and the year that World War II ended, are wrong. During his press meet on August 10, as reported by The Daily Beast, Trump said, “The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people. Probably ended the second World War, all the soldiers were sick.”
According to History.com, the Spanish flu pandemic was in 1918, the deadliest in history, and infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million people, including some 675,000 Americans. The website states that the 1918 flu was first observed in Europe, America and parts of Asia before it spread to the rest of the world. Scientists still do not know the exact area of origin of the Spanish Flu, though theories point to France, China, Britain and the United States, where the first known case was reported at Camp Funston in Fort Riley, Kansas, on March 11, 1918, according to History.com.
The 1918 flu affected a lot of previously healthy, young people including a number of World War I servicemen. The website says more US soldiers died from the 1918 flu than were killed in battle during the war. World War I ended on November 11, 1918, but influenza continued to spread, flaring again in the US in an even more vicious wave with the return of soldiers from the war and eventually infecting an estimated 28 percent of the country’s population before it finally decreased, according to the website.