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World History Pandemic Timeline

  • 430 BCE

    Plague of Athens (Response)

    Plague of Athens (Response)
    The plague had some serious effects on Athens´ society, resulting in a lack of adherence to laws and religious belief. In response, laws became stricter, resulting in the punishment of non-citizens who claimed to be Athenian.
  • 430 BCE

    Plague of Athens (Impact)

    Plague of Athens (Impact)
    In the 4 years of the plague, most of the population was infected, and around 75,000 to 100,000 people passed away; which was about 1/4 of the population.
  • Period: 430 BCE to 426 BCE

    Plague of Athens

    The Plague of Athens is a rapid onset and is characterized by fever, conjunctival, suffusion, and truncal rash. Some complications include extremely gangrene.
  • 1346

    Black Plague (Impact)

    Black Plague (Impact)
    Trade suffered for some time, and most people temporarily left the wars. Most laborers passed away, which caused personal suffering and devastated families through lost survivals. Also, landowners who used laborers as farmers were also affected.
  • 1346

    Black Plague (Response)

    Black Plague (Response)
    Society reacted by trying bloodletting. They tried to come up with different cures and they thought that if they cut themselves, then they could make an attempt to draw poison out of their body. Other people. though, turned to church and prayed to God that he would end the great pestilence. There wasn't much of a big reaction except for wanting to find different cures and praying to end the pandemic, since they didn't have the knowledge and technology that we have today.
  • Period: 1346 to 1352

    Black Plague

    The Black Plague spread mostly to humans by infected flies that traveled on rodents. It killed millions of civilians during the Middle Ages. There was not a vaccine, but there was possible ways to reduce exposure to mice, rats, squirrels and other animals that may be infected.
  • Polio (Impact)

    Polio (Impact)
    5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. Even children who seem to fully recover can develop new muscle pain, weakness, or paralysis once they become adults. Which is called post-polio syndrome.
  • Polio (Response)

    Polio (Response)
    Families tried to social distance, since Polio was spread person to person but some were unlucky. Once they were diagnosed with Polio and became very ill, they tried different treatments. If they were unsuccessful, then most died. It was a very depressing time because there truly was nothing they could do about it. Later on, a vaccine came out which is now fortunately given at birth.
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    Polio, also known as poliomyelitis, is a disabling and life threatening disease caused by the polio-virus. The virus spreads from person to person and can infect a persons spinal cord, causing paralysis.
  • Flu (Response)

    Flu (Response)
    When the flu appeared in the US in 1918, Americans responded to the incursion of the disease with social distancing and quarantines . During the pandemic, many cities shut down essential services.
  • Flu (Impact)

    Flu (Impact)
    The flu hit a world population of which a very large share was extremely poor. Large shares of the population were undernourished, lived in poor health, had overcrowding and poor sanitation, and low hygiene standards.
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    Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe symptoms, and can sometimes lead to death.
  • COVID-19 (Impact)

    COVID-19 (Impact)
    Across America, many households have lost their jobs or businesses, been furloughed, or faced reduced wages or hours during the virus outbreak. US households are struggling to stay up and afloat during the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 (Response)

    COVID-19 (Response)
    At the start, society went bizarre, There was a toilet paper, medical material, manufacturing, and consumer good shortage. Everyone had to wear masks and stay six feet apart. Later on, some things changed and less restrictions. Most people stopped hoarding and businesses began to re-open.
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    COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. When people get infected by the virus, their symptoms can vary. Some may experience major symptoms, others may experience minor symptoms. There is a vaccine and treatment, but the pandemic has not ended yet.