WWI ‘Climate Anomaly’ May Have Been Behind the Flu Epidemic

Interesting Engineering | Sep 28, 2020 at 9:13 PM
  • A new research focusing on the climate during the years of World War 1 and the influenza pandemic (often misnamed as ‘the Spanish Flu’) of the years 1918 and 1919 revealed a curious phenomenon.
  • The researchers believe that climate anomalies along the Western Front in Europe that saw some unusual weather conditions, with torrents of rain, and crisp cold temperatures have amplified — or maybe even onset — the notorious flu pandemic.
  • On top of this, the authors suggest the unusual weather conditions might have caused mallard ducks to stay instead of migrating to Russia as they typically would.