The 1957 Asian Flu Pandemic
Covid as we know it wasn’t the first pandemic to strike the people of Earth. Yes, it sounds like we could write a sci-fi thriller or something. However, in this case, it would be a documentary or at least a non-fictional film. Why? Because it’s true! Considered the least severe of the three flu pandemics that occurred in the 20th century, the Asian flu pandemic of 1957 came from the H2N2 subtype of the flu virus, which research showed was a mix of human and avian flu viruses.
Though not as deadly as its contemporaries, the Asian flu pandemic still wreaked significant havoc worldwide, with a total of about one to two million deaths, most of which occurred among children, the elderly, and pregnant women. Similar to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Asian flu virus originally circulated within China before making its way to the Western coast of the US.