COVID-19 vs. Spanish Flu - If You Don't Know, Now You Know | The Daily Social Distancing Show
Here’s a look at how America is making many of the same mistakes with COVID in 2020 as it did with the Spanish Flu in 1918. #DailyShow #TrevorNoah #Coronavirus
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  • Nat Weird
    Nat Weird

    It's so weird that people are protesting masks. The government can literally kill citizens through the death penalty but they're concerned about having to put a piece of cloth on their face.....

  • Uvuvwevwe Kamehameha
    Uvuvwevwe Kamehameha

    Trevor....i just wanna say, we've got identical moustache brother....hope one day u grow it and we see each other ...regards, your identical moustache twin bro

  • Chris

    late just like US let a private company print their money and owned a huge debt from private company + issue one of the reason why Kennedy is killed because he want to stop private company printing US money and give it back to the US government...ahhh the flat make sense somehow...

  • EthnoOwl

    Wearing a mask isn't as restrictive to your freedom as being on your death bed, poverty, lay-offs, ageism and sexism in the workplace. I hear people so aggressively against wearing a mask, and seriously? That's the biggest of your problems? Your minimum wage is way below what's needed to cover utility bills and food shops - okay, but don't you dare shut us up with a mask.

  • Carlo Mercorio
    Carlo Mercorio

    Absolute rot, Trevor. Do some research, boetman. The 1957-8 Asian Flu killed 1.1 million people worldwide. Spanish Flu death toll was an order of magnitude more than Covid. I get your show has a bias, baba, but you and your writers are neither historians nor journalists. Sies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eli Tkachenko
    Eli Tkachenko

    I agree that people should wear mask just not the fact that people should be hated for not wearing one.

  • Seb _YT
    Seb _YT

    4:30 brave to assume anyone would've opened the door for you back in the 1920s... Wait, not that unlikely that would happen in 2020 aswell...

  • andrea Sudeen
    andrea Sudeen

    Those whom fail to learn from history is doom to repeat it.

  • R J
    R J

    I bet they wear their seatbelts though

  • From Z
    From Z

    Pretty sure the day 'murica becomes a civilized country, is the day their fairy tale hell freezes over

  • Dwayne Samuels
    Dwayne Samuels

    I guess the saying is true. "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it."

  • joamontio

    Humans...Learning from history since: NEVER

  • sara Chaney
    sara Chaney

    In the beginning, there was a PPE shortage. Not enough n95 respirators.

  • sara Chaney
    sara Chaney

    Viruses keep mutating. We don't have a vaccine for hiv yet. You need a flu shot every year. It makes some viruses very hard to prevent.

  • Lone Ranger
    Lone Ranger

    "If masks are so good, then how come everyone from the 1918's is dead" Sad thing is, some American somewhere actually thinks that

    • Elizabeth Capstick
      Elizabeth Capstick

      They help!

  • Aftertale Fanatic
    Aftertale Fanatic

    As an introvert, it's a good thing I was prepared to avoid people all my life.

  • big ol‘ dumbass
    big ol‘ dumbass

    We sure can be glad about our advances in medical science bc the stupidity these days is the exact same as back then

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  • Takudzwa Ronald Chingono
    Takudzwa Ronald Chingono

    "Oh yeah, if masks worked so well, how come everyone who lived through that period is dead now?" 😂😂

  • Mohammed Waseem
    Mohammed Waseem

    Trevor I thought you were a smart guy. Looks like you are just another beatch of the system

  • Divine Light
    Divine Light


  • JCmtw Biz
    JCmtw Biz

    Stupid is as stupid does. I guess. 🙄

  • Daryl Baines
    Daryl Baines

    Everyone keeps talking about the last great pandemic/health scare being Spanish Flu in 1919/20 ... have people forgotten AIDS in the 1980s?

  • Duarte Cabral
    Duarte Cabral

    The Spanish Flu killed 1 out of 3 people in the world, do you know any one personally that died from the Corona Virus?

    • Lone Ranger
      Lone Ranger

      Wow genius, it killed 1 in 36, not 1 in 3. And also, technological advancements have helped patients recover before they die. Just stop downplaying corona otherwise one day you will die from it

  • Ghana Girl
    Ghana Girl

    OMG I was still laughing at my African dad then he said it’s unAmerican to learn from history 😂😂😂 why is the truth both bitter and sweet!?

  • John Hartz
    John Hartz

    Didn't finish the CDC thread. Per the CDC there is a 93% recovery rate on COVID.

  • John Hartz
    John Hartz

    Not even similar. 1918 population 1.6 billion. 50 MILLION deaths. 2020 population 7.8 billion (Yes we have surpassed Dr. Hawkings prediction that at 7.6 billion, the Earth cannot sustain human kind.) As of today there are 361,000 deaths. Not even close, and a little over one tenth of a percent of the population. Not even a full percent. On the bright side. Per the CDC COVID (Only fools say corona. There are 7 forms of corona virus and it is nothing new. It is a generic term for viruses that have been around for years. Corona is being used to scare people.) Question the media. Question the Government. The last time in history I have seen so many people blindly trusting both. There was a world war.

    • Lone Ranger
      Lone Ranger

      **Wonders how anyone could be so stupid...** And btw , there are 1.9 million deaths, not 0.3 million And btw, have u heard of medical advancements?

  • San Fernando Valley Yacht Club
    San Fernando Valley Yacht Club

    Trevor, you know as well as I do that the attention given to boomers screaming that 5G causes coronavirus is just a diversion to keep people from thinking about the mass surveillance implications. Surveillance cameras need to stream a LOT of data to servers for facial recognition and 5G's increased bandwidth enables that.

    • Lone Ranger
      Lone Ranger

      Except for 1 tiny detail... The CCTV uses wires to transport data, not wireless. Learn ICT before you call everyone around you stupid

  • Kurt Sudheim
    Kurt Sudheim

    Ja, I'm sure that blonde chuck is a lawyer or knows at least 1/2 of the constitution, the American one i presume

  • María Paz Domínguez
    María Paz Domínguez

    if we have learned anything... this country does not learn from history, so do not count on it!

  • Marts

    Proof that history is repeated. When will we learn from our mistakes?

  • Pekka R
    Pekka R

    Spanish flu. In reality it was an American flu from America..

  • Yegor Kin
    Yegor Kin

    Lies, being repeated a thousand times becoming "the truth".

  • Elizabeth Holder
    Elizabeth Holder

    If you don't know. Now you know. Try smiling....

  • Manuel

    Trump has huge crowds you liar. No one is showing up for Biden you liar.

  • Manuel

    I wonder who advocated against masks in March? Oh, it was your beloved Fauci.... People believe what you tell them first. It's very hard (impossible) to change people's minds later. Fauci should have known that. If he didn't he needs a professional science communicator to speak to the public for him. A large number of deaths are the direct consequence of Fauci saying "you don't need a mask" in March. Possibly the majority of deaths. He should be prosecuted. He was fully aware that masks work at that time and he admitted that he only said to not wear a mask because there was a shortage. But there a number of other ways to express that (e.g. recommending to make your own masks while the shortage lasts). Instead he chose to lie and people died.

  • The Earshine
    The Earshine

    The sad thing here is that he's genuinely trying to find similarities between these two contagions. Spanish Flu killed over 50,000,000 people during the bloodiest time in history up to that point when the population of the world was under 2 billion. Whereas the percentage of death worldwide for COVID is .0133%. Spanish Flu was 2.5%. The federal government sucked balls during this pathogen just like every country does with biological threats, but all countries did better than they did during the Spanish Flu and Swine Flu, especially America where Swine Flu had over 80 million cases. Trying to blame Donald Trump for the entirety of the federal government's failure is just as much of a stretch. Comparing these two pathogens is like comparing Influenza to heart disease.

  • Ryman Saad
    Ryman Saad

    this isn't what dr fauci said. he said that 1918 was something similar, not that you have to go back to 1918 to find something similar

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  • Right Path
    Right Path

    To the 1% reading this, may God bless you and see you through whatever you are going through. I want to be a big youtuber one day Amen 🙏 💯

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    Mario Pinkston

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  • abocas

    George Bush is actually eloquent compared to TWump. Be nice, Trevor ....

  • gl33tch

    😭😭The second wave is here in South 🇿🇦

  • Ammar Hashmi
    Ammar Hashmi

    I like the "if u don't know now u know" intro... Its my fav segment👌

  • Wes Berg
    Wes Berg

    I'm sad now.

  • Otto Hess
    Otto Hess

    Look, I agree with everything he was saying, but at 3:33 you can clearly hear that they dubbed in audio of the speaker saying "the president".

  • Rachel Swanson
    Rachel Swanson

    If you don't know history you're bound to repeat it.

  • xebio6

    I don't get why it's ok to call it "Spanish" but it's racist to call the current one "Chinese" (and that's leaving aside the fact that the 1918 pandemic probably originated in Kansas, lol). CONSISTENCY please!

  • Tihomir Vlahovski
    Tihomir Vlahovski

    You've lost me at "pandemic"!

  • Goddess Kookie
    Goddess Kookie

    6:17 Those who are anti-mask wearers do have a point. If people wore masks during the Spanish flu and are wearing masks again in this pandemic, then how come the number of deaths increased in 1918 and are still increasing during Covid-19 till this day?

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  • syafiq harun
    syafiq harun

    I know this video is reupload when u just noticed trevor afro is not so much curl and heavy

  • TheAuToMaTiC82

    Trevor noah is such a fear mongering tool. Covid is a hoax and nothing like 1918. Spanish flu killed like 50 million people and they didnt have motorcycle accidents and every other death being counted as covid to incite fear.

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  • Hola Como estas
    Hola Como estas

    We need to be on complete lockdown till June. I have a feeling this virus will be going on till june 2022.

  • Chris Neethling
    Chris Neethling

    Agree with the mask, hand washing and social distancing. But why is there so little emphasis on strengthening the immune system? I tested positive for SARS Cov 2 a week ago. Upped my vit D and zinc, avoided sugar and junk food (actually, been on low carbs for some time!) and within few days am symptom free. Love from South Africa.

  • BobMerlinx

    "Experience is recognizing a misstake when you make it again." I guess America has experience, then. (Or at least it should have.)

  • Dan.E DLT
    Dan.E DLT

    Love the show. Good job taking over John Stewart. But... I love the hoodie game. Where do you get them? I almost wear a hoodie everyday if I'm permitted. I'm always looking for a good hoodie.

  • Ricardo Blikman
    Ricardo Blikman

    You cannot compare covid to the Spanish Flu because the Spanish Flu mainly killed young people and old people survid it probably because they have more resistance from earlier deseases.

  • Ricardo Blikman
    Ricardo Blikman

    In the Netherlands quite a lot of people think Bill Gates created covid because he eats people and want to kill the world to save the environment. Lol

    • andile smamane
      andile smamane

      🙈🙈🙈 same in my country

  • Sherlline Carillo
    Sherlline Carillo

    Apparently, there is no cure to stupidity. That is a fact.

  • Jessica Godare
    Jessica Godare

    My great grandmother lived threw the Spanish Flu (she was born in 1908) in northern California. her family lived in the middle of nowhere. They lived about 20 miles from the nearest town. Her whole family survived only because they basically quarantined themselves to their ranch. She told me once that they'd only go to town once ever 2-3 months for supplies and they had a massive garden to feed themselves. Personally the reason I think the only reason covid-19 wasn't as bad as the Spanish Flu is we have hospital that are equipped with breathing respiratory and in 1918 they didn't have that kinda technology.

  • John Monday
    John Monday

    Check new CDC death rate for 2020. same as 2019. Show covid massive death is fake. No need to take vaccine. 8 months and flu covid gone

  • Fiscus Tv
    Fiscus Tv

    No its b cos trump would rather deny that there's a pandemic and fail to take action not to talk of undermining the US science communities by putting a mike pence that knows nothing pandemic as the head, not to talk of is public gaffs like drinking insecticide, trump ridicule The US and culpable of the thousands of death. Sorry American don't make the Trump presidency mistake ever again.

  • Lindiwe Hlatshwayo
    Lindiwe Hlatshwayo

    Trevor, I think it's time to come back home. I'm sure we Africans have more updated information than that.

    • Lindiwe Hlatshwayo
      Lindiwe Hlatshwayo

      AND more professionalism. You're still at work you know, and I have to say I am over the background.

    • Lindiwe Hlatshwayo
      Lindiwe Hlatshwayo

      It's like being notified of videos I've seen before, it's outdated. Severely outdated. We need more world news, you already have American correspondents.

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  • hefon

    By Trump's logic it should be called the American flu!

  • Eli B
    Eli B

    One day in about 2-3 weeks... Trump will disappear!

  • Kelly Kaufman
    Kelly Kaufman

    Wait, are the mortality rates and demographics similar I'm confused. But also I'm American so I'm allowed to be confused. How much money does Trevor's little awards melt down to? Also Harry Potter in Spanish is odd

  • Andrea Repetto
    Andrea Repetto

    LOL omg another thing that Latinos and Africans have in common -- Vicks Vaporub cures everything.

  • knygma07

    There was also the Asian and Hong Kong flu. These occurred during the 1960's

  • Law office of Chris Van Vechten
    Law office of Chris Van Vechten

    Masks didn't work in 1918, but they didn't have N95s,citywide%20scale%20in%20San%20Francisco.

  • AnimeAddictDude

    You know what will cure Covid-19, bubble tea, come and buy my bubble tea on university st

    • John Monday
      John Monday

      Covid and ivermectin if really interested.

  • Felicity

    Is it bad that first thing I noticed was that he cut his hair

  • MD 110
    MD 110

    damn man😎😎😎

  • Big worm
    Big worm

    America never learns


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  • Arlitha Goppert
    Arlitha Goppert

    Population control is what pandemics are. Thats why Presidents play dumb. They know people are.

  • victor maphosa
    victor maphosa

    Replace Vick's with a hearty meal and you've got my Mom (Zim)

  • Never2yield

    Woodrow Wilson came down with the 1918 flu and soon after had a stroke and his wife took over til the next president was elected and inaugurated. All hail Dragon Lady Melania.

  • o0OHermioneO0o

    You left out the fact that the Spanish flu started in the US and spread to other parts of the world with the US' active entry into WW1. It's only called "Spanish" flu because the censorship in Spain wasn't as strict as in other countries and the newspapers there were first to write about it. And 100 years may seem looong ago for many, but in my family, we still remember the names of the relatives who died from the Spanish flu.

  • o0OHermioneO0o

    I'll one-up you: In 1679, the plague reached Vienna. For half a year, the sanitary committee, instead of counteracting the disease, tried to conceal it until people started dying in masses. People's ideas of the sources of the plague were absolutely ridiculous, but the measures taken were quite modern: social distancing, quarantine, protection of airways, closing of markets, etc. However, reading records from back then gave me chills, because PEOPLE BACK THEN REACTED EXACTLY THE SAME AS PEOPLE TODAY!! There are several accounts of people standing together (over plague corpses lying in the streets), people breaking their quarantine, etc. The plague eventually ended with 1/3 of the population dying from the plague and its consequences. Let's not repeat the mistakes from 342 years ago!!

  • robert dutton
    robert dutton

    The presidents job is not to start a panick. Just imagine if he walked onto stage and said we are all going to die, this is going to wipe up out. If you want to see for you self how effective masks are ride a 4 wheeler, shovel a grain bin, sand some drywall. The president was right you only have a short time on earth and if you choose to run and hide in a corner panicked by all means do it. If you want to protect yourself from getting sick, exercise, see your doctor, eat a healthy diet, do not use drugs. Death is a part of life get used to it because you are going to die.

  • Paul Rodriguez
    Paul Rodriguez

    Face masks did not stop the Spanish flu nor any of them were used at that time. QUIT spreading false information you commie

  • Remco van Dijk
    Remco van Dijk

    Excellent video, it's shocking to see the similarities between then and now. This should be mandatory viewing for everyone on the planet, even though most governments are doing better than the US government. There's still substantial amounts of people who just ignore what their government is urging them to do, because reasons, so they need to be reminded of what went wrong in the past.

  • Brad

    Covid vs spanish flu: || covid || Spanish flu death % || 0.5% || 3% death nb ||1.8M so far || 20-100M Global pop|| 7.7B || 2.2B

    • Rinse-esniR

      At least some improvement.


    Anybody else who turn on their "Airplane mode after Trevors comment 😅

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  • Flavius Baias
    Flavius Baias

    60 millions people dead vs 2 millions,Is a big fucking different idiot

    • Rinse-esniR

      So you wanted more people to die?

  • Cc Silva
    Cc Silva

    People asked for miracle to learn o God maybe that's the problem and to many dumb asses messing with others lives.

  • Joe Goulart
    Joe Goulart

    I'm 58y.o. and when I was child Vicks Vaporub was my parent's answer for ALL problems! :)

  • Shaun S
    Shaun S

    2:39 Trump is made up of all the worst parts of all presidents. Lol🤣😂👌 That is 💯

  • Alan Gray
    Alan Gray


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      You sure are

  • Sunny

    this is very interesting and informative, thank you. I am wondering, because I have not see this in the news, of the people who are getting the virus, are they wearing a mask, washing, distancing? or what. we need to know if those measures do work, or what's going on.

    • Rinse-esniR

      Most cases originate from infecting people close to you, where you don't see the need to keep distance, wear a mask, etc.

  • Cyb3rHusky

    I like how you can tell how far into the pandemic a clip is by Trevor's hair.

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  • N1ght Lover
    N1ght Lover

    To be correct: Chinese flu vs Spanish flu

    • Rinse-esniR

      It's not a flu. Flu is influenza, Covid19 is Corona

  • Sephonica

    I just come for the opening.