Before coronavirus: The deadliest pandemics in history

A timeline of the world's worst outbreaks

Stars Insider

12/03/20 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Outbreaks

Disease has plagued humanity since the dawn of time. Luckily, medicine has evolved and continues to do so, and diseases that were once fatal are now treatable and even preventable. But every now and then an outbreak happens, and, as history tells us, these can be truly devastating.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just confirmed coronavirus as a pandemic, as it has spread to over 100 countries, infected over 120,000 people, and it continues to spread within communities as opposed to just by travelers. Declaring a pandemic is not because the virus has changed, nor is it a cause for panic. Rather, it's a call to action for countries to take proper measures, and it allows the WHO to access extra emergency funds during this time to help contain the disease. 

In this gallery, we look back on the worst pandemics in history. Click on.

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