President Donald Trump in a recent White House Briefing from the Oval Office apparently rewrote history by claiming the Spanish Flu pandemic probably ended World War II.
The US President’s remarks appeared all jumbled up and confusing as he claimed the ‘Spanish Flu’ that kickstarted in 1918 had a bearing effect on the end World World II in 1945, which is twenty-seven years apart.
The comments from Trump came at a White House conference where he was discussing the status of the pandemic that has infected more than 20 million people globally, with the majority of the cases coming from the US.
Mr. Trump said: “The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people.
“Probably ended the Second World War. All the soldiers were sick.”
Whereas, factually, neither ‘Spanish Flu’ ended in 1917 (it ended in 1918), nor it remotely had any effect on the conclusion of World War II that ended some 27 years after the Spanish flu pandemic ended.
Trump was referring to the current COVID-19 as the ‘closest thing’ to the Spanish Flu, which was indeed one of the most ravaging pandemics humankind has seen.
However, the Spanish flu pandemic is nowhere close to the present COVID-19 pandemic, the former having killed in hundreds of millions, whereas the later’s death toll is still fortunately in a few hundred thousand.
What was the Spanish flu?
Referred to as the 1918 flu pandemic, the ‘unusually deadly’ flu, infected some 500 million people at that time, making one-third of the then world population.
An estimated 50-70 million people have died from the disease, which swept over the US, Europe, China, and other parts of the world.
“It was a terrible situation and this [coronavirus] is highly contagious, this one is highly, highly contagious,” Trump continued.
A White House official later clarified USA Today, the president was referring to the First World War, Sky News reports.
Despite ‘Spanish flu’ and the end of World War I took place in the same year, that is 1918, historians are divided when it comes to concluding the end of the first World War as a result of the pandemic.
What is commonly known as ‘Spanish flu’ more likely have started in the UK, US, or France, experts suggest. But it became synonymous with Spain because the neutral country did not have any wartime media censorship and the pandemic was widely reported in the nation.
This is not the first time Trump made disputed claims to the public, some of them have been widely controversial.
Just recently, the President said: “They are dying, that’s true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”
In April, Trump even went on to an extent to suggest injecting the body with disinfectant and hitting the body with a ‘tremendous light’ that is UV rays.