In the Spring of 1918, with the 'Great War' for the most part behind them, the people of the world began to prepare for Peace. But an insidious visitor was to come to the world. One for which the world was not prepared.
That Spring, millions were afflicted with a "Three Day Fever", with little incident.
The following Fall, as troops came home from the War, it came back.
Some people died within HOURS of the first symptoms - lungs filled with suffocating fluid.
15,000,000 died in WWI.
50,000,000 died of the disease the War brought to the world.
The story above is true. Frightfully true. The next time you're thinking about criticizing the World Health Organization, the Center For Disease Control and other organizations for over-reacting to the H1N1 'epidemic', because it turned out to be so mild, just keep in mind that H1N1 is a subtype of the same strain of virus that killed those 50,000,000 people. Sometimes within hours. The 1918 virus affected ONE FIFTH of the world's population during its run. One fifth.