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Coronavirus and history of epidemics

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The world has come to a halt and several countries have declared health emergencies. And this is all because of the deadly coronavirus, which has already become a pandemic. Every other day, the world is seeing an increase in the spread of the disease and deaths are also on the rise. Well, it is a bit curious to look at the history now. Going back in History, one can see that the world has seen such pandemics every 100 years.

1720 saw plague, 1820 saw cholera, 1920- Spanish flu and Now Coronovirus in 2020 – all these in 100 year gap.

About a lakh people died in the Plague of 1720 that was first struck in Marseille in France, Known as the great plague of Marseille, was because of bubonic plague. It has been recorded that the plague took at least 1000 lives a day. The French rulers at that time imposed strict restrictions an even quarantined certain regions. They even created a council of health to overcome the catastrophe.

The first cholera outbreak was in 1820. The pandemic first struck Bengal in India spread across the nation. Then it spread to nearby Burma, Sri Lanka and Dhaka. It then spread its tentacles to Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. The deadly disease also spread across Iraq, Turkey and Europe.

The Spanish flu that occurred through 1920 is considered to be one of the deadliest epidemics ever to have occurred in history. It is estimated that about a 100 million people lost their life to the Spanish flu. The deadly flu was experienced in the United states, Europe and parts of Asia.

And hundred years after the Spanish Flu, the Coronavirus has affected almost 2 lakh people and the death has crossed about 10,000

 

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