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A History of Pandemics

As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as COVID-19 has.

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Pandemic History


From the Antonine plague to COVID-19, many infectious diseases have claimed millions of lives across the globe in the history of humankind. What have we learnt from the long list of pandemics?

Little did we know that a pandemic was around the corner when a few cases of pneumonia of unknown cause were reported from Wuhan, China, in December 2019. But here we are, four months hence, with about a million people from 227 countries infected and over 80,000 dead. Although many countries have dealt with endemics restricted to a certain geographical area and epidemics that spread to a slightly larger area, a pandemic of this proportion is an unprecedented one for us. But this is not the only pandemic that has shaken the world with the enormity of its infection and death.

Don't think it's over when Covid moves on - there's another waiting in the wings.

The quicker we get off this planet the better. Head for Mars folks!!!!


It's still too early to know how profoundly coronavirus will change our societies, but it's clear we'll be living with the shockwaves for years to come.

This pandemic will alter the course of history in ways we can't predict — just like those before it.

Along with wars, economic changes and technological developments, outbreaks of infectious disease have radically shaped the world we live in today.

(Taken from the ABC: This is what we pay them for.)

Take for instance the French Revolution of 1848 and its links to outbreaks of disease. Will there be uprisings in Australia? How will it all end? I don’t know, but hang on to your hats, it’s going to be a rough ride.


A vintage colour illustration showing French citizens burning Royal carriages during the French Revolution of 1848.

Getty: Keith Lance

Eyam plague: The village of the damned

On 1 November 1666 farm worker Abraham Morten gasped his final breath - the last of 260 people to die from bubonic plague in the remote Derbyshire village of Eyam. Their fate had been sealed four months earlier when the entire village made the remarkable decision to quarantine itself in an heroic attempt to halt the spread of the Great Plague. This is the story of the villagers who refused to run.

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Excellent Farside, a great story. I see a lot of similarities between the rector William Mompesson and our long suffering Dan Andrews. Unpopular with the villagers yet he went ahead and did what he felt was right.

"Services were held in the open air at Cucklet Delf and families stood apart from each other to avoid the spread of infection" - brilliant forward thinking and even the transparency of posting notices on doors telling the villagers how the sick died, now that is something we should see more of during Covid.

I feel we need to know more about the volunteer who fell ill after having the Oxford trial vaccine. All we know is that it was a female volunteer, we need to have more details.






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