Notable Pandemics in history

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Some people get so afraid when they hear the word pandemic because it is a newer word. This article needs to be written to ease the public fear. For if we understand what pandemics are, then we will fear them less.

The history of the world is riddled with notable pandemics but they were just known by other names. It is nothing to fear, if you education yourself about pandemics the fear with disappear.

Pandemics are common in our history. They are something that will remain a possibility as long as there are people and animals on earth.

Typhoid fever was one of the first pandemics that first occurred in 430 BC. This one lasted a long time and over its four-year rein of terror, it killed a quarter of the population in ancient Athens. It was not containable because of non-existent knowledge of the disease. Back in those days’ people did not realize what was happening so there were no prevention or safety measures in place.

Historians believe that Small Pox that was responsible for the next pandemic that wiped out close to five million people in 165-180 AD on the Italian peninsula. It reemerged in 251-266 AD and an estimated 5,000 deaths were occurring on daily basis at the pandemic’s peak in Rome alone. Again, there were no prevention or safety measures in place.

The worst pandemic the most of use have heard of is the Bubonic plague which occurred in 541-750. It is a long standing flu like illness that would end up wiping out most of Europe before it was spent. It is reported to have wiped out half of the population of Constantinople in one day. That city back in that time had 20,000 people so an estimated 10,000 people died in one day.

During the bubonic plague, there were no public safety measures in place. Bodies were taken to the streets, we history tells us they were eaten by the rats who went and bit the healthy people. There was no safety measures or containment of the pandemic here so it was rampant.

The Black Death, which began in the early fourteenth century, was a reemergence of the bubonic plague. Historians say that merchants fleeing the war in their own countries spread the illness to the Mediterranean and Western Europe where it killed as estimated 30 million people. Again, there were no prevention or safety measures in place.

The cycle of plaques or pandemics continued until the eighteenth century and millions of people died. Whole communities were wiped out, because safety measures were not in place.

Currently we have these safety measures in place so that the amounts of deaths that occurred in history will not occur once more. It is very important to take the time to perform the safety measures that the government and the World Health organization instruct the public to perform.

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