Stories Abound of the horrors of the disease.
- 4 women were playing bridge: By the next day 3 were dead of the disease.
- A woman's fever got so high her hair tuned white -- but at least she lived.
- Steam Shovels were being used to dig mass graves
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It may have originated in China, or perhaps America; In the early 1900's the study of disease was primitive, and virus' like those that caused the flu were too small to see with contemporary technology.
It was called the Spanish Flu because one of the noted early outbreaks was in Spain. Whatever it's origin, the flu's brutal nature and worldwide status filled people with dread. Irrational ideas abounded; it could be prayed away or it was German Gas warfare. While these may have been silly ideas, this is not a silly thought:
Had the epidemic not ended, it's pace of infection, and high fatality rate were such that many felt that the population of the world was at risk. It's effects were monumental. Why it is so poorly remembered is as mysterious as it's origins.