The influenza or Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 was one of the deadliest in history infecting up to 500 million people worldwide and killing an estimated 20 million to 50 million people including 50,000 Canadians. The first instance of Spanish flu in Medicine Hat was reported on October 17, 1918. A total of 286 cases was reported by the end of October. While the 1918 epidemic did have an impact on the citizens of Medicine Hat, it was not as severe as might have been expected. Find similarities and differences between what happened then and what is happening now with COVID by learning about the 1918 Spanish Flu, an exhibit in the Esplanade Main Lobby.