Spanish Flu Memes Are No Longer Just For r/HistoryMemes


The 1918 Spanish Flu was an influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 virus in 1918. The two-year-long pandemic involved four waves of death and illness, killing millions of people around the world. In late 2019, many began spreading memes about the Spanish Flu due to its similarity to the coronavirus pandemic.


On March 4th, 1918, the pandemic was marked as having begun with a confirmed case of the illness in Kansas, United States. Over the next two years, between 17 and 50 million people died from the Spanish Flu around the world. On May 3rd, 2009, the earliest known meme relating to the Spanish Flu was uploaded to KnowYourMeme by CaptainBlubber (shown below).


On December 21st, 2019, Redditor Mauser-C96- posted a Piemation meme regarding the Spanish Flu to r/memeeconomy (shown below, left). On January 29th, 2020, Redditor Tapitos1404 uploaded a meme tp r/memes regarding successors suggesting that after Spanish Flu, the coronavirus was next in line (shown below, right). The post garnered over 37,400 points (95% upvoted) in seven months.

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On March 30th, Redditor JMacFlint uploaded a meme r/memes about a man who survived both the Spanish Flu and the coronavirus (shown below). The image accumulated over 60,900 points (97% upvoted) in five months. The Smithsonian Mag published an article on meme spread during the Spanish Flu.
101-Year-Old Spanish Flu and World War 2 Survivor Has Now Beat COVID-19 As Well covid-19 spanish flu No. Movie

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2 9 1 N 2 3 101 year old man, born during the Spanish flu, has beaten Covid-19 in Italy Good News (/r/all) Finally! A worthy opponent! Our battle will be legendary! Helmet Personal protective equipment KIDS DURING THE SPANISH FLUE (1918) KIDS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (2020) WE'RE RAISING A GENERATION OF SISSIESISHAREIF YOUAGREE People Movie Poster The spanish flu happened 1920 and Covid is going on in 2020 Spanish flu and Corona virus are both respiratory viruses. At 100th day the spanish flu killed 200k people. Covid-19 just passed 100 days and 195k deaths There was a second wave of spanish flu that killed 25 milllion people Cartoon Face Anime Text Nose Line Mouth Eye Another World War Soldier after WW1 Economic crisis Spanish Flu outbreak KA made with mematic Product Photo caption End of World War I Look on the positive side, at least things can't get any- Spanish Flu Cartoon Health officials in 1918: Don't hold any big public events, it'll spread the Spanish Flu Philadelphia: Oh you mean like this giant 100,000 person parade we just held? Health officials: The WHAT Face Hair Forehead Eyebrow Nose Facial expression Skin Head Chin Text Cheek Smile Jaw Close-up Lip Eye Human Mouth

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