Famous faces who survived the Spanish flu
The first cases were reported on March 4, 1918
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The Spanish flu pandemic spread across the world between 1918 and 1920. The illness infected 500 million people, a third of the world's population at the time! There were an estimated 50 million deaths, and, unlike the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spanish flu had a very high mortality rate for young healthy people. The outbreak was first detected in the US military during WWI, and there were approximately 675,000 deaths in the US alone.
With all this taken into consideration, it's not a big surprise that many important figures of the era fell ill. Luckily, many of them survived! Let's take a look at some of the strongest old-timey celebs who overcame the disease. Click through the gallery to get started.
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