The Spanish Flu was a world-wide pandemic that began in early spring of 1918 and lasted until December 1920. Approximately 500 million people worldwide were infected with the flu, one-third of the world’s population at the time. The world was also in the midst of the First World War. Similar to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the flu’s spread accelerated quickly due to travel, specifically sea travel and the movement of soldiers throughout Europe and North America. Just like today, public places such as schools, churches and entertainment venues were closed. Canadian provinces put legislation in place making wearing masks in public mandatory. Coughing, sneezing and spitting in public were criminal offences in some places. The extent of the danger of the Spanish Flu was downplayed by some media outlets as world governments wanted to avoid panicking citizens and there was still a war to worry about. Some historians have theorized that the pandemic brought a quicker end to the war as so many soldiers fell ill.