The so-called “Spanish” flu pandemic of 1918-21 killed at least 50 million people, making it the worst catastrophe of the 20th century. As flu pandemics go - and there have been around 15 of them in the last 500 years - it was very much an outlier. Understanding why could help us contain future flu pandemics.
Laura Spinney, science journalist and author of PALE RIDER: THE SPANISH FLU OF 1918 AND HOW IT CHANGED THE WORLD summarises the state of knowledge.
Peter Piot will open the seminar.