The History of Pandemics, by Death Toll
Pan·dem·ic /panˈdemik/ (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world. As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as COVID-19 has. Today’s visualization outlines some of history’s most deadly pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the current COVID-19 event. A Timeline of Historical Pandemics Disease and illnesses have plagued humanity since the earliest days, our mortal flaw. Widespread trade created new opportunities for human and animal interactions that sped up such epidemics. 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. Here are some of the major pandemics that have occurred over time: Note: Many of the death toll numbers listed above are best estimates based on available research. Oops.
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