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Spanish Flu - The Pandemic of the Last Century

Spanish Flu : It is said to be the World’s worst pandemic on record ; It was an unusuallydeadly Influenza Pandemic lasting fromJanuary, 1918 to December, 1920,infecting 500 millions of people (about 25 % of the World’s population at that time ) with a death toll of about 50 million; The concerned Pathogen wasthe Virusnamed H1N1 which was first reported in Spain ;There is a hypotheses that the Pandemic started somewhere in Northern China and quickly spreadto the Western Europe when, in the the atmosphere of thecontemporary World War I, Britain & Francerecruited a large number of Chinese labours for the needs of various war services ; The Flu alsoquickly spread to India when, on 29/05/1918,a ship carryingIndian troops reached Bombay & affected the local population over there within a very short span of time ; As per records on 06/10/2018,768 people died on a single day ; Apart fromBombay,the Pandemic spreadrapidly  through 
          all over India : The mortality rate in India was 20.6 per 

The Black Death - A Past Pandemic

Black Death : -Black death orthe Great Bubonic Plague spreadthrough a vast area of Europe in the Mediaeval Period during the years 1347 AD to 1353 AD ; This disease arrived in Europe when, inOctober, 1347 AD, 12 Nos. ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina from the Black Sea ;Peoplewho gathered at the Dock experienced a horrifyingsurprise,Most of the Sailors aboard the Shipwere dead & those who were still alive were gravely ill & covered with Black boils throughout their bodies that oozed blood& pus ;The Sicilian Authoritieshastily ordered the fleet of the ships to remain out of the Harbor but by that time it was too late ; From here the disease spread over the next 5 years throughout the Europe and killed about20 Million people which was almost33.33 % of thepopulation of whole Europe at that time ; As per report of some experts the pathogen of Plague was also in existencein Asia about 2000 years ago ;In the medieval era this pandemic was believed to have originated first in Chin…

COVID 19 - The Present Pandemic

COVID-19 : COVID-19 or Novel Corona Virus is an acutely

        infectious disease caused by a newly discovered Pathogen belonging

       to the group of related viruses that cause diseases in Mammals &

       Birds ; Other Corona Viruses are SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory

      Syndrome, outbreak in 2003), MERS( Middle East Respiratory Syndrome,

       outbreak in 2002) ; The medical name of Novel Corona Virus is

      SARS-COV-2 ; Most people infected with Covid-19 will experience mild to

     moderate respiratory illness & recover without requiring special medical

     treatment ; Only older  people & people with underlying medical problems

     like Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Respiratory Disease & Cancer are more

     likely to develop serious illness ; The unique feature of  Covid-19 is that it

     spreads rapidly from human to human through droplets of saliva or discharge

     from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes ; As of today, …