5 Worst Pandemics the World Has Ever Seen

The coronavirus pandemic has changed life for billions of people globally. Millions of jobs have disappeared, food shortages are seemingly everywhere, and life involves a lot more time at home.

You’re told to take care of yourself during these moments. Eat right, take your vitamins, and stock up on products from brands like Garden of Life, Integrative Therapeutics, and Jarrow Formulas

Will we get through these circumstances? If the lessons learned from the worst pandemics in world history are a guide, we’ll return to normal one day.

1. The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

The flu virus circulated worldwide for three years before things got under control, eventually killing about 50 million. Over 500 million people contracted this illness, with about half of the deaths happening during the first six months. It was the first of its kind that could hurt healthier adults more than those with weaker immune systems.

2. The Black Death

The ten years in the 14th century when the Bubonic Plague ran rampant throughout Europe caused up to 60% of the continent’s population to die. Experts believe that the fleas on rats in cargo vessels caused the disease to move from Asia, creating the perfect breeding ground in the crowded cities.

3. Plague of Justinian

This pandemic was another one caused by the Bubonic Plague. It likely killed half of Europe’s population in the 6th century. It afflicted the port cities in the Mediterranean and the Byzantine Empire the most, but it only lasted a year. At its height, 5,000 people were dying daily from this disease.

4. Antonine Plague

This 2nd century pandemic was likely measles or smallpox, but no one knows what it was for sure. It would kill at least five million people before it was over. The disease came back with Roman soldiers returning from the Mesopotamia region, decimating the Empire’s defenses.

5. HIV Pandemic

HIV (and AIDS) were first identified in 1976 in Africa. Since then, it became a global pandemic that killed over 36 million people. About the same number of people are currently living with this virus. About 5% of the sub-Saharan population is infected, making it the hotbed of activity. Treatments have improved to drop the death rate, but it is still a deadly disease to get.