The History of Pandemics

History of Pandemics

At present, the whole world is struggling with the Coronavirus infection. So far more than thousand of people have died due to this virus. At the same time, more than lakh of people have been found infected. While more than lakh of people have been treated successfully. Especially China, Italy, America, France and Spain etc. countries are widely affected.

So far in India, more than thousand of people have been found infected. This virus has caused a lock-down situation all over the world. However, this is not the first time that the whole world is suffering from an epidemic. Even before this, millions of people have been killed due to the terrible epidemic many times.

Visual Capitalist wrote in a recent article:

Disease and illnesses have plagued humanity since the earliest days, our mortal flaw. However, it was not until the marked shift to agrarian communities that the scale and spread of these diseases increased dramatically.

Widespread trade created new opportunities for human and animal interactions that sped up such epidemics. Malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, influenza, smallpox, and others first appeared during these early years.

The more civilized humans became – with larger cities, more exotic trade routes, and increased contact with different populations of people, animals, and ecosystems – the more likely pandemics would occur.

Starting from the Spanish flu of 20th century, the world has witnessed several disease outbreaks. Some of the major pandemics since the 20th century are Spanish flu, Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, HIV, SARS, Swine flu, MERS, Ebola and COVID-19.

Also See: Hantavirus Explained: Causes, signs and symptoms


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