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The 2020’s world deadliest pandemic: Corona Virus (COVID-19)
Past pandemics that are commonly taught about in schools were associated with either smallpox or Yersinia pestis. Yersinia pestis is a bacterium that was responsible for the Bubonic Plague, also known as the Black Plague. The Black Plague death toll was around 25 million people, and there were also several resurgences over the course of the following 300 years, leading to millions more casualties. Yersinia pestis is also thought to have been responsible for the Plague of Justinian, one of the earliest recorded plagues, between the years of 483 and 565.
Smallpox has killed more people than any of the other pandemics in history. The best-known smallpox epidemic was between 1519 and 1520 in Mexico. It’s said to have claimed roughly 80% of the native population. The total number of casualties is estimated between 5 and 8 million. However, between 1877 and 1977, smallpox killed more than 500 million people.
The Spanish Flu, another of the worst pandemics in history, had a much faster death rate than smallpox: It killed more than 50 million people between 1918 and 1919.
To say that COVID-19 is the most significant pandemic of our lifetime is up for debate, but it’s certainly the fastest-spreading. However, HIV/AIDS has been responsible for far more deaths, more than 32 million since 1981. COVID-19 has killed more than 1,080,000 people in less than a year. The diseases are different in many ways, but due to the airborne nature of COVID-19, it has led to nationwide quarantines in many countries. It has affected the way of life of people all across the globe.
originally posted by: Aptom90
I wonder why this source has the Black Death listed so low at only 25 million deaths? The number usually reported is in the vicinity of 75-200 million. And then for the Smallpox figures they take the highest estimate. And the fact that it's over a 100 year period doesn't seem fair either. Anyway, cool graph, thanks for sharing.
originally posted by: surfer_soul
a reply to: Atsbhct
Ah but let’s not forget the majority of covid deaths are with covid and not of it.
650,000 died with the flu in 2017, why don’t we have lockdowns and all that for the flu?