The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. The 1918 flu was first observed in Europe, the United States and parts of Asia before swiftly spreading around the world. Considering lethality COVIDs is not even in the same ball park as the Spanish Flu. The Spanish Flu hit in four successive waves and then suddenly it was gone.
In California the death rate is leans to moderate compared to the rest of the USA. CA has experienced 34 deaths per 100,000. The national average mortality per state is 57. The state with the highest mortality rate is New York at 282 per 100,000. Nationally there are now 6,226,879 known cases with a total of 188,051 deaths.
As a point of interest the Spanish Flu did not originally break out in Spain. If it is to be named after the location where it first noted it would have to be called be the European Trench Warfare flu. Thousands of WW1 soldiers had contracted this high mortality rate disease as early as 1916. That knowledge was largely kept largely under wraps (for obvious military reasons) and when it subsequently appeared in Spain in 1918 the outbreak was widely reported and as a result was the disease was named the Spanish Flu.
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