Historical Perspective on Pandemics

Good Day, God

I’ve stumbled upon a fascinating site: The Visual Capitalist. This map of pandemics was eye opening! Let me start with the first one — the Bubonic plagues of 1347 -1351. Two hundred million people died. But, to understand that number I had to find an estimate of the world population at that time. It was estimated to be .35 – .4 billion. This wiped out 30-50% of Europe’s population…taking 200 years to recover.

The 1918 pandemic (the green one) killed 40-50 million people at a time (1900) the world population was 1.56 – 1.71 billion.

The Hong Kong Flu of 1968-70 was estimated to have killed a bit over 1 million people. The population of our planet in 1970 was 3.684 billion.

Today COVID-19 (bottom row, third from left) has killed 602,132 and the population of our planet is 7.794 billion. Now, I realize that our current pandemic is not done. It may reach one million — or not. I surely, pray that it won’t.

But seeing this graphic has certainly made me THINK!

Story teller,

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Posted in a prayer for healing, complexity, connecting, Expand my Heart, hope, Hope as a gift from God, Perspective, perspectives

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