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Pandemics Matter


The first outbreak of bubonic plague was in the 6th century and killed 25-50 million people, estimated at half of the world’s population.

The next outbreak of bubonic plague was called “The Black Death” in 1347 and killed another 25 million people.  It took 200 years for the world’s population to regain that population level.

Smallpox came to America with Columbus in 1492 and killed 20 million indigenous people, becoming the secret weapon of the invading Spanish, who had already developed immunity.

Cholera first appeared in India in 1817 and still continues.  Estimated to have already killed many millions, it continues to kill as many as 148 thousand people each year.

Immediately following World War I, the Spanish Flu in 1917 killed an incredible 50 million globally – far more than the War.

In 1968, the Hong Kong Flu or Asian Flu killed a million people, including 100,000 Americans.

HIV/AIDS has been with us since 1981 and has sadly killed 32 million people worldwide.

Coronavirus has only killed 3,000 people so far, but no matter the cost, it MUST be contained quickly.

In the meantime, life goes on and deserves to be enjoyed . . . so, enjoy it!

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