10 Pandemics Throughout History


10 Pandemics Throughout History

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t the first to hit the human civilization. Here are ten pandemics that plagued humans in the past.

The coronavirus outbreak is not the first to hit human civilization. Throughout history, even thousands of people have had much worse pandemics than COVID-19, which claimed the lives of millions of people. Since people learned to live in groups that form communities where they live close to each other and travel in the sea, the world has seen many diseases spread like wildfire. Here are ten pandemics that have disturbed people in the past.

10. Antonine Plague (165 AD-180 AD)

The angel of death striking a door during the plague of Rome: an engraving by Levasseur after Jules-Elie Delaunay

9. The Black Death (1347-1352)

Citizens of Tournai bury plague victims.

8. Small Pox Pandemic (1870-1874)

Edward Jenner, made important contributions in the development of the smallpox vaccine that helped save millions of lives.

7. Cholera (1871-1824)

Cholera patient being treated by oral rehydration therapy in 1992. Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Public domain

6. Russian Flu of 1889 (1889-1890)

The 12 January 1890, edition of the Paris satirical magazine Le Grelot [fr] depicted an unfortunate influenza sufferer bowled along by a parade of doctors, druggists, skeleton musicians and dancing girls representing quinine and antipyrine

5. Spanish Flu (1918-1919)

American Expeditionary Force victims of the Spanish flu at U.S. Army Camp Hospital no. 45 in Aix-les-Bains, France, in 1918. Image credit: Uncredited U.S. Army photographer/Wikimedia.org

4. H3N2 Pandemic (1968)

The influenza viruses that caused the Hong Kong flu (magnified approximately 100,000 times). Image credit: Wikimedia.org

3. HIV/AIDS (1981)

AIDS Awareness symbol. Image credit: NIAID/Flickr.com

2. SARS (2002-2004)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was first reported in February 2003 in Guangdong, China, but experts believe it started in China in November 2002. A few months later, it spread to countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. . It infected 8,098 people in the world and killed 774 people. The disease caused high fever, body aches and dry cough, which in some cases led to pneumonia.

1. COVID-19 Pandemic 2019

A mother helps her son put on a face mask as a precaution to combat the COVID-19. Image credit: FamVeld/Shutterstock.com

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