3 Deadly Pandemics Humanity Has Overcome
3 Deadly Pandemics Humanity Has Overcome - Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has had to confront three key threats above all others: war, famine and disease. Given the outbreak of the Coronavirus or COVID-19, which is now categorized as a pandemic, it is important to highlight some of the disease outbreaks that humanity has managed to overcome. The three pandemics this video will focus on are: the Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968; the Black Death of the fourteenth century; and the Spanish Flu of the twentieth century.
This video will first focus on what constitutes a pandemic? The word pandemic is derived from the Greek word pandēmos, meaning ‘all people.’ The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a pandemic as the “worldwide spread of a new disease,” including when “a new influenza virus emerges and spreads around the world, and most people do not have immunity.”
Exactly how deadly the Coronavirus of our own time will be is still unknown, as details surrounding the virus are constantly developing and changing. One thing can be sure however, irrespective of what happens in the coming days, weeks and months: COVID-19 has already made it into the history books of the future.
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