Homœopathic Links 2020; 33(02): 071-074
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1712958
Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd.

World Under Siege: Spanish Flu 1918 vis-à-vis COVID-19

S.R. Sharma
1  Senior Consultant Homoeopath, Former Scientist-3, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi, India
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Publication Date:
03 June 2020 (online)

A century ago, Spanish Flu ravaged across the globe killing millions, devastating the world economy and creating a socio-political turmoil. Today the world is struggling again against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. Despite landmark achievements in the field of medicine and advent of antiviral therapeutic interventions and measures, humanity finds itself as helpless as it was a hundred years ago.

Globally, the influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people in a year than what the Black Death of the Middle Ages (bubonic plague) killed in a century; it killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS killed in 24 years wrote John M. Barry, historian and author, in his book The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.[1] This scourge in human history claimed around 50 million lives and shattered the world economy already in crisis as an aftermath of World War I. The Newspapers carried reports about a ‘fever epidemic’ that was sweeping throughout the world. The communication between states and cities was stopped, workshops got shut and most offices discovered that their staff had suddenly taken leave but nobody realised the magnitude of what was about to unfold. The main remedy prescribed in the news articles: Not to worry and go to bed.[2]