Spanish Flu: a warning from history

100 years ago, celebrations marking the end of the First World War were cut short by the onslaught of a devastating disease - the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. Its early origins and initial geographical starting point still remain a mystery but in the Summer of 1918, there was a second wave of a far more virulent form of the influenza virus than anyone could have anticipated. Soon dubbed ‘Spanish Flu’ after its effects were reported in the country’s newspapers, the virus rapidly spread across much of the globe to become one of the worst natural disasters in human history.
To mark the centenary and to highlight vital scientific research, the University of Cambridge has made a new film exploring what we have learnt about Spanish Flu, the urgent threat posed by influenza today, and how scientists are preparing for future pandemics.

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  • Watching this during covid 19 pandemic. So grateful we’ve had more resources and information now.

    HisSongGirl: MONIHisSongGirl: MONIАй мурун
  • spanish flu.......came from america

    Erdelyi AttilaErdelyi AttilaАй мурун
  • just over 100 years Spanish flu it started to die out after armistice day everyone celebrated.we got covid 19 2020 starting to die out and it's nearly ve day

    Vivienne AshurstVivienne AshurstАй мурун
  • Why are you still calling it Spanish flu? It started in America.

    The Fruitcake Munchers ClubThe Fruitcake Munchers ClubАй мурун
  • I'm really wanting to stay in lockdown with my family for about 1 or 2 years now...

    RememberAllahRememberAllahАй мурун
  • At least they had PPE!

    Joe JoeJoe JoeАй мурун
  • The people in this video are Time Travellers ..they knew everything 😜

    Traveller AmitTraveller AmitАй мурун
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="621">10:21</a> Oh really?? My bet is we never have a vaccine because viruses keep mutating and a vaccine will never be able to keep up.

    The Mad CowThe Mad CowАй мурун
  • As bad as Coronavirus is, it hits the old and the unhealthy the most, H1N1 Spanish flu? It hit those too, but its favorite target was healthy, young adults. Abnormal virus.

    Martin AndersonMartin AndersonАй мурун
  • There is good information that the "Spanish" flu originated in China and was first brought to Canada by "trench diggers"...Chinese men who helped in digging the trenches in Europe. They were dropping like flies even before they got to Europe.

    J Scott UptonJ Scott UptonАй мурун
  • This video will now go viral due to the 2020 pandemic for the coronavirus that we are now facing. We are the new pandemic in history. I never thought I would be alive to witness history as it’s being written.

    Poison IvyPoison IvyАй мурун
  • That little rhyme was creepy

    Warneka PerryWarneka PerryАй мурун
  • "it might be ten years from now".......

    anayaanayaАй мурун
  • Now we have Coronavirus 😢

    Amina AbdullahAmina AbdullahАй мурун
  • Well, here we are.

    jear von struckerjear von struckerАй мурун
  • Oh dear, well now they'll get the data they want :/

    Alan BAlan BАй мурун
  • We don’t own this world the world own us ..

    Mark KeoghMark KeoghАй мурун
  • Is this similar to Coronavirus ?

    Lime ALime AАй мурун
  • Stay safe and grow strong through this difficult time.

    Tez MackTez MackАй мурун
  • Course ships - Planes - trains - Buses All equal mass spreed Cv19 will end but Man kind will never be able to stop the Common flu as it’s for ever changing and evolving

    MEBOOM JenningsMEBOOM JenningsАй мурун
  • "Experts say it's not if but when" 2020: How about now?

    bosnianlady10bosnianlady10Ай мурун
  • 50-100 million?

    Cory CarpenterCory CarpenterАй мурун
  • That's the thing that people aren't getting about this, it's just history repeating itself nothing the world hasn't survived before.

    E JenningsE JenningsАй мурун
  • Were people panic buying toilet paper when this happened

    KiKiKiKiАй мурун
  • Interesting ,and staying home....2020.

    Country Gal 420Country Gal 420Ай мурун
  • Watching this during the coronavirus pandemic in NYC! I pray everyone stays safe during this

    BxChicc77BxChicc77Ай мурун
  • This is crazy. The video goes on saying we will be better prepared, the next pandemic may happen in 10-100 years from now. It scary because it turned out worse than they expected. We were not prepared and happened from 1 year of the video being uploaded

    Simoss13Simoss13Ай мурун
  • History repeats itself. And, unfortunately, it will repeat again.

    The Secret Lives of a PomeranianThe Secret Lives of a PomeranianАй мурун
  • When would China ebolish wet markets. They are one of the reason why pandemics like the coronavirus apear, sorry if anyone gets offended by this comment but someone had to say it

    egg lol 14egg lol 14Ай мурун
  • This is very eerie

    M BrM BrАй мурун
  • Weird that two years later here we all are in lockdown due to a worldwide pandemic.

    Kyle MasonKyle MasonАй мурун
  • 🤔 that mathematical lady wasn't that far off tho, only year and a half. I hope this new virus goes the same way off the Spanish Flu. By the end of this month it will be gone.. I hope so. I am very worried about this virus.

    JaimeJaimeАй мурун
  • If you came here because of the corona virus. Stay home. Forget the social distancing. You can video chat, think smart. Wear mask and gloves, minimize your groceries shopping. You and your families are at risk. People’s life matters. God bless.

    Sleek SSleek SАй мурун
  • It saddens me to say this, but we were not ready for COVID-19

    Bryan CardenasBryan CardenasАй мурун
  • Finally, it is here, a pandemic long-awaited but something we were never prepared for.

    Mohsin DadarkarMohsin DadarkarАй мурун
  • and history repeats itself.. again..

    Frosty PhoenixFrosty PhoenixАй мурун
  • COVID-19 is nothing like the Spanish flu which targeted younger people with stronger immune systems whereas COVID-19 targets older people with weaker immune systems

    UltimateRealityUltimateRealityАй мурун
  • And we didn't get that warning

    Mr. ObaidMr. ObaidАй мурун
  • Ok, where's your time machine, Cambridge? I know you have one, and I wanna go back. Because clearly people have forgotten history.

    yannick martensyannick martensАй мурун
  • We only learn history in the middle of repeating it.

    David AzingerDavid AzingerАй мурун
  • We didn't fully learn from history, and history is repeating.

    Jason HJason HАй мурун
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="555">9:15</a> she said ..."it will happen again"

    Charmy Ann FloresCharmy Ann FloresАй мурун
  • All I see are people of the past all wearing masks and wondering why aren't we..

    J CQJ CQАй мурун
  • The odd thing is that having that knowledge beforehand did not stop the virus catch us unprepared.

    Cj MCj M2 ай мурун
  • I had a little bird his name was enza, I opened the window and influenza

    Augustus ConstantineAugustus Constantine2 ай мурун
  • In 1918 my Country New Zealand had a population of around 1,150,000 people, during WW1 we lost 18,000 Solders, during this virus it took the lives of 9,000 people in New Zealand,, for such a small population this was a great loss to New Zealand!!

    Brian TonesBrian Tones2 ай мурун
  • Please STOP calling it Spanish Flu. It's name is "1918 Influenza Pandemic"

    Pepe VinkinPepe Vinkin2 ай мурун
  • As miraculous as a universal vaccine would be, this is not a flu. Viruses are ancient biological entities that are far more advanced than us with the sole purpose of survival and evolution, using us and everything between to that end.

    Kaiser GidorahKaiser Gidorah2 ай мурун
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="471">7:51</a> "we really don't know why we haven't seen a pandemic as deadly as the 1918 pandemic..." - Nov 2018

    Ariel FroimchukAriel Froimchuk2 ай мурун
  • Almost prophetic huh? They could easily be talking about covid-19. Wow...

    Jonathan DoughJonathan Dough2 ай мурун
  • @<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="643">10:43</a> "It might be ten years from now. It might be 20 or 30 or 40 years from now." Or one.

    RoelRoel2 ай мурун
  • The opening little riddle is scary, then the little documentary. Geez stay safe everyone

    Matt McGeeMatt McGee2 ай мурун
  • We the people can understand now in 2020(april,1) that how was people feeling in 1918.... panic scary fear of death and the most important helpless infront of disease :(

    Azaan KhanAzaan Khan2 ай мурун
  • Those who do not look back into our history are doomed to repeat it.

    nevadachinevadachi2 ай мурун
  • Corona does not even begin to compare to the spanish flu which was hemorrhagic (many died the same day that they became symptomatic)

    Nats J.v.RNats J.v.R2 ай мурун
  • I can’t see how this was a surprise. It was perfectly set up to arrive. Since 2002-3 SARS was a wake up call not just for China but the international community. SARS didn’t make the next jump to humans from the animal to human infection if it had of then we would be in a situation to awful to comprehend. It’s not as if China was not warned countless times so now we have animal to human and human to human (Novel Coronavirus) Additionally this virus is mutating all the time, no evidence of immunity once infected and healthy again as it has shown it can reinfect. This will take a year re a vaccine maybe more. If you want to survive wear a mask all times and stay indoors. Good luck.

    Jack TateJack Tate2 ай мурун
  • watching this whilst self isolating from coronavirus.. yikes

    Ebonie LyonEbonie Lyon2 ай мурун
  • Extremely interesting .

    Kathleen SimpsonKathleen Simpson2 ай мурун
  • In a year's time someone from Cambridge is going to make a documentary about the Corona Virus and most likey USA is gonna be the one that is hit the worst.

    Ruby DunnRuby Dunn2 ай мурун
  • Came to comment something but everyones already said it.

    xxxFF7xxxGIRLxxxxxxFF7xxxGIRLxxx2 ай мурун
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="293">4:53</a> - <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="300">5:00</a> Any microbiologists epidemiologist types have an opinion on this. Just speculating, but is it possible the act of changing from being a swine virus, to becoming a swine flu virus (that affects humans), could this possibly be triggered by ingested swine material/dna located in the body of a person ? So for example maybe some were more vulnerable due to more exposure to pigs previously. Either tending to them or eating them. Thoughts?

    mjaaymjaay2 ай мурун
  • Let's just hope the coronavirus ain't a fraction as bad as the Spanish flu 🤞

    Paul FosterPaul Foster2 ай мурун
  • I’d love to hear how people are so quick in their belief that a brief isolation will curb this virus and things will go back to normal...... 🙄😑

    piddlepiepoopiddlepiepoo2 ай мурун
  • Who else is watching from a lockdown

    MAKnCHEEZMAKnCHEEZ2 ай мурун
  • Corona virius could be like this is we didn't flatten the curve

    Chris P BaconChris P Bacon2 ай мурун
  • So we were prepared for a new influenza. And then a new coronavirus snuck in...

    MXB2001MXB20012 ай мурун
  • Her voice is so calming.

    Artmiese 💋ElizabethArtmiese 💋Elizabeth2 ай мурун
  • Very interesting

    kimberly guerrerokimberly guerrero2 ай мурун
  • This is shockingly accurate

    Just a Random personJust a Random person2 ай мурун
  • not if but when. well march 31 2020 here we are at the when. stay safe everyone.

    Martin M.Martin M.2 ай мурун
  • We realize that we are only at the very beginning of this pandemic.

    Lar MLar M2 ай мурун
  • We are in another Pandemic ...????

    Paula CPaula C2 ай мурун
  • I know I’m not the only one that gets a creepy feeling from those black and white photos of those people in mask. It’s like a automatic scare factor because of the color. It doesn’t compare presently.

    MentalMental2 ай мурун
  • Uhmm, interesting 🤔

    ¡Yo Soy!¡Yo Soy!2 ай мурун
  • Radar came out the same time as Hong Kong flu

    WoodynicWoodynic2 ай мурун
  • Crazy this should have a billion views by now!!!

    D MONEY420D MONEY4202 ай мурун
  • 1 million a month the Spanish flu killed. In 1918. Not 1920.

    studio7studio72 ай мурун
  • A year after this documentary we are now locked down at home because of the pandemic they mentioned :(

    Kajp 2018Kajp 20182 ай мурун
  • So from lessons learned then how is it that we did not prepare better for such a pandemic of this scale. It is here it is happening and the havoc that it is wreaking is beyond imagination....even in today's ultra technological society

    Charles KamaCharles Kama2 ай мурун
  • They didn't seem to be suffering from a shortage of face masks back then.

    GaryGuevaraGaryGuevara2 ай мурун