The history of pandemic diseases

If we see epidemic and pandemic; Webester define epidemic and pandemic as follows:

“An epidemic is defined as ‘an outbreak of disease that spreads quickly and affects many individuals at the same time.’ A pandemic is a type of epidemic (one with greater range and coverage), an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. While a pandemic may be characterized as a type of epidemic, you would not say that an epidemic is a type of pandemic.”

As we can witness from history, man kind has been through challenging pandemics and many people have lost their lives. If we compare with the number of human lives lost (estimated) one can see how challenging the pandemics have been and we can say some were more dangerious and deadly than others.

In his recent article, Nicholas LePan has descibed with the above graph the main pandemics human beings have gone through with approximate lives lost in each pandemic.

Read the full article from visual capitalist here.

Owen Jarus on Live science also put forward 20 of the worst epidemcis and pandemics in history.

He counts from preshistory 3000 BC to the recent pandemics and details how they ravaged the world.

Both writers agree that HIV/AIDS is the deadiest of all the pademics outbreak in modern time.

Read the full article from Live Science here.

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