Spanish Influenza Remedies
Although the name is Spanish flu, this disease did not originate in Spain. There are different theories about where the disease first appeared. But one thing is certain, this is not Spain. Spain, which remained neutral in World War I, imposed no restrictions on its press. As a result, Spanish newspapers began to publish war news as well as flu news without any cuts. Around that time, King Alfonso XIII of Spain also contracted the disease, and the country’s press began to cover the flu. Because the warring countries imposed various restrictions on the press, there was no way to publish accurate information about the spread and mortality of the flu. As a result, the thought gradually came to everyone’s mind that the disease might have spread from Spain. This is how the disease came to be known as the Spanish Flu.
Ways of prevention
“Prevention is better than cure”, we do not know this saying! In general, hygiene can play a very important role in preventing diseases like the flu. It’s easy to prevent the spread of the flu by taking steps like washing your hands frequently, not touching your nose and mouth, using a handkerchief or tissue when you sneeze and cough, and wearing a mask or scarf when you go out.
The same applies to the current global COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic. In such situations, social distancing or social distancing is also emphasized. Since the virus cannot travel far and is spread through direct/indirect contact, frequent hand washing with soap or alcohol-based sanitizer is recommended.
The Spanish flu killed so many people because scientists had no anti-viral drugs. There was no vaccine. Even initially it was thought to be a bacterial disease. Unsanitary conditions in the camps, increased susceptibility caused by war, overcrowding in medical camps, wartime malnutrition and chemical attacks made people very susceptible to the flu. As a result, bacterial superinfection increases. Due to the increase in physical complications, the death rate has increased manifold.
World War I caused a shortage of doctors, nurses and other health care workers. Many of those who returned from war brought the disease with them. As a result, medical services are severely disrupted. As hospitals began to become overcrowded with patients, various important government buildings and many private properties began to be used as temporary hospitals.
This influenza, which struck in three waves in total, began to subside in the 1920s. Not for any functional medicine. Rather, many of those who survived were already infected or developed immunity, even if they were not infected.