From Typhoid like Pandemic (Athens) to Fiji Measles Pandemic, the people in the World have overcome a lot of life-threatening diseases. May it be Antonine Plague, Cyprian Plague, Justinian Plague, The Great Plague of London, or The Third Plague Pandemic, it has caused great havoc. Leprosy, The Black Death, The Columbian Exchange, and The First Cholera Pandemic also haven’t failed to show their impact on everyone’s life after they were long gone. Here are some unforgettable diseases which became a pandemic and left a long-lasting effect on our lives.
1889: Russian Flu: The 1889–1890 flu pandemic, also recognized as the “Asiatic flu” or “Russian flu”, was a pandemic that killed about 1 million individuals worldwide, out of a population of about 1.5 billion. It was the last great pandemic of the 19th century and is among the lethal pandemics in history.
Symptoms: Sudden chills and headaches, followed by sore throat, laryngitis, and bronchitis.
1918: Spanish Flu: The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an oddly deadly influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza
Symptoms: “Influenza-like illness,” with fever, muscle aches, headache, and respiratory problems.
1957: Asian flu: Asian flu pandemic was a universal pandemic of influenza A virus subtype H2N2 that originated in Guizhou of southern China.
Symptoms: The Asian flu had symptoms similar to many other strains of influenza, including fever, body aches, chills, cough, weakness, and loss of appetite.
1981: HIV/AIDS: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It affects by damaging our immune system, HIV interferes with our body’s ability to fight infection and disease.
Symptoms: Fever, Fatigue, Swollen lymph nodes, Diarrhoea, Weight loss, Pneumonia, Oral yeast infection (thrush), Shingles (herpes zoster).
2003: SARS: SARS most commonly refers to the severe acute respiratory syndrome, a viral respiratory disease recognized in the early 2000s caused by SARS-CoV-1.
Symptoms: Usually begins with flu-like signs and symptoms, chills, muscle aches, headache, and occasionally diarrhoea, Fever of 100.5 F (38 C) or higher, Dry cough, Shortness of breath.
2019: COVID-19: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The first instance was recognized in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.
Symptoms: Common symptoms include headache, loss of smell and taste, nasal congestion and rhinorrhoea, cough, muscle pain, sore throat, fever, and breathing difficulties.