How Does COVID-19 Compare To History’s Deadliest Pandemics? (March 23 Update)

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This is an updated variant of the video “History’s Deadliest Pandemics: From Antonine Plague To COVID-19” released on March 19.

This video visualizes some of history’s most deadly pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Novel Coronavirus outbreak started in China in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. The outbreak was officially declared a pandemic on March 11.

The featured pandemics by death toll:

  • Black Death (Bubonic Plague) – 200 million dead
  • New World Smallpox Outbreak – 56 million dead
  • Spanish Flu – 40-50 million dead
  • Plague of Justinian – 30-50 million dead
  • HIV/AIDS – 25-35 million dead
  • Third Plague – 12 million dead
  • Antonine Plague – 5 million dead
  • 17th Century Great Plagues – 3 million dead
  • Asian Flu – 1.1 million dead
  • Russian Flu – 1 million dead
  • Cholera Pandemics 1-6 – 1 million dead
  • Japanese Smallpox epidemic – 1 million dead
  • Hong Kong Flu – 1 million dead
  • 18th Century Great Plagues – 600 thousand dead
  • Swine Flu – 20 thousand dead (the number was updated, in the previous variant of the video we mistakenly used ‘200 thousand dead’)
  • Yellow Fever – 100-150 thousand dead
  • Ebola – 11.3 thousand dead
  • COVID-19 – 14,705 (as of March 23)
  • MERS – 850 dead
  • SARS – 770 dead

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