The 1918 influenza flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly outbreak. It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them—3 to 5 percent of the world’s population—making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. For an in-depth analysis of this pandemic, check out:
A running tally of members of my family lost to this fearsome disease:
Ernest Smith, age 30. Goldsboro NC, 5 October 1918.
Joseph H. Ward Jr., age 9. Indianapolis IN, 1918.
Amanda Aldridge Newsome, age 26. Great Swamp township, Wayne County NC, 10 November 1918.