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The H1N1 virus. [Image via Wikipedia] The flu pandemic of 1918, also known as the Spanish flu, was the first of two flu pandemics involving the H1N1 virus. It affected approximately 500 million people worldwide, reaching even remote islands and the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of somewhere between 50 and 100 million people, fully 3-5% of the world’s population at the time, making it the deadliest natural disaster in recorded history. As the flu wave spread around the world, wartime censors tried to minimize reporting on it so as to not adversely affect morale; however; countries such as Spain, which was neutral during WWII, freely reported on the disease. This gave the impression that the flu had hit Spain particularly hard, thus giving rise to the name Spanish flu, despite its heavy hitting consequences around the world. This flu was particularly shocking not only because of its scale but