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Death through the ages vs Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is a terrible epidemic claiming so many lives. 2,981,756 Total cases worldwide. 206,814 Total deaths worldwide.

Hopefully the world is seeing a slight decline in Coronavirus now that the first wave has hit the hardest.

Many countries still have lockdown in place however, there are many cases of a beginning to relax the Strict Zero Tolerance policies.

The following countries are starting to tentatively relax some of the stricter lockdown laws on the coronavirus situation

  • Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Greece
  • New Zealand, China
  • Belgium, Norway, Czech Republic
  • Portugal, Switzerland, Albania

Effects of any relaxation will be closely monitored around the world to see if the predicted second wave of infections happens or to what extent the effects are.

How does this tragedy compare to previous tragedies throughout our history?

Many other terrible losses have occurred throughout history. With today’s instant communication through social media, television and the internet in general, what happens on the other side of the world is now broadcast instantly around the globe. This does allow quicker reaction times to other peoples plights, but the question has to be asked. Does this instant information cause over reaction?

Some of the worst losses to human life throughout the ages seem almost biblical in relation: Mostly natural causes, many by human hand.

  • 300 million fatalities estimated. Smallpox. 1900 – 1980.
  • 250 million deaths. Measles over the last 150 years.
  • 75-200 Million deaths estimated. The Black death that swept through Eurasia and North America in 1347-1351.
  • 114 million deaths. Spanish Flu (Worldwide) 1918 – 1920.
  • 75-85 million casualties. World War 2. 1939 – 1945 the worlds deadliest conflict in human history.
  • 16 million deaths. World War 1. 1914 – 1918 Military and Civilian
  • 7.5 million deaths. The Great European Famine. 1315-1317
  • 2 million deaths a year by Malaria
  • 1.3 million deaths in the Vietnam War 1955-1975
  • 1.25 million car accident fatalities per year
  • 227,000 fatalities caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004
  • 70,000 casualties due to the European heat wave in 2003

*Statistics from Wikipedia

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