Is Covid-19 the worst pandemic ever?

Worst pandemic ever? The novel coronavirus known as covid-19, is unfortunately heading towards the history books as one of the world’s worst pandemic. This will be an unfortunate reality for as long as the cure or treatment is not found.

But don’t fret, Covid-19 hasn’t done much damage compared to other pandemics in the history. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 a pandemic in March 2020 and by the end of that month, the world saw more than a half-million people infected and nearly 30, 000 deaths. To date, there are 5, 119,004 coronavirus cases, 330, 399 deaths and 2, 042, 948 recoveries.

A research conducted by livescience.com and history.com discovered the worst pandemics in the history of humanity. Below is the list:

*Plague of Athens: 430 BC. Deaths: 100 000

*Plague of Cyprian: AD 250 – 271. Deaths: 5000 people per day in Rome alone.

*Cocoliztli epidemic: 1545 – 1548. Deaths: 15 million people in Mexico and Central America.

*Great Plague of London: 1665 – 1666. Deaths: 100 000 including 15% of the population of London.

*H1N1 Swine flu pandemic: 2009 – 2010. Deaths: between 151 700 and 575 400.

*West African Ebola: 2014 – 2016. Deaths: 11, 325.

*Small pox: killed 300 – 500 million people in its 12 000 year existence.

*HIV/ AIDS pandemic. Deaths: 36 million since 1981. Currently, between 31 – 35 million people living with HIV.

*Flu Pandemic (1968). Deaths: 1 million.

*Sixth Cholera Pandemic: 1910 – 1911. Deaths: 800 000+

*The black death: 1346 – 1353. Deaths: 75 – 200 million.

*Plague of Justinian: 541 – 542. Deaths: 25 million.

*Antonine plague: 165 AD. Deaths: 5 million.

Yes, numbers don’t lie. The above figures show that Covid-19 is not the worst pandemic ever. Well, not yet!

(Covid-19) This too shall pass. “May God bless Africa and protect her people,” President Cyril Ramaphosa.

…………………………………….,……………………………. By Blessing Mhlanga. The Creativ Media. 21 May 2020

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