The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world. In every country, thousands of infected people and hundreds of dead. Every week, authorities come up with new rules and measures in order to reduce the spread of the disease, but not in all countries it gives the result.
Doctors sound the alarm, urging people to limit their contacts and stay at home to avoid infection. Meanwhile, historians are doing what they love – digging in the past.
They noticed a strange pattern: for every 20th year of the century there is an epidemic of a deadly disease. Below, we have compiled an interesting selection confirming this theory.
The year 1320 became a symbol of the largest outbreak of the plague, which was called black death. The pandemic began in eastern China and gradually reached India, and then spread to Europe through traders and merchants.
The pandemic began in eastern China and gradually reached India, and then spread to Europe through traders and merchants. It lasted almost 30 years, and the main peak occurred in 1345-1355 when half of the population died in Europe.
In total, about 70 million people died in the world, which was a quarter of the world population of that time.
The year 1420 is described in Russian chronicles as a period of pestilence. At this time, two forms of plague raged in Russia: bubonic and pulmonary.
Among the particularly affected cities were Pskov, Galich, Veliky Novgorod, Kostroma. The situation was complicated by hunger – because of the high mortality rate there was no one to remove bread from the fields.
The year 1520 is considered the time of smallpox. Scientists suggest that she came from Asian countries, and the first cases of smallpox have taken from camels.
The virus quickly reached Europe, and over 100 years almost every inhabitant managed to get this disease. At the same time, Europeans colonized America, and the infection brought with them destroyed entire Indian settlements and destroyed tribes.
The year 1620 is celebrated in history as the outbreak of the plague in North Africa. This disease is still periodically found in the world. This is especially true for countries with low sanitation. But Algeria was particularly affected that year, losing 30-50,000 inhabitants.
The year 1720 was “marked” by the advent of the bubonic plague on European lands. The plague was nicknamed “Marseille” because the first cases of the disease were recorded in the city of Marseille. The plague claimed the lives of nearly 100,000 French.
The year 1820 was outbreak of cholera. This serious contagious disease began in India, but quickly spread throughout the world, covering a huge number of Asian, African and European countries.
The pandemic was claiming the lives of thousands of people over the course of seven years when the infection subsided.
The year 1920 is famous as the time of the “Spanish flu”. Over the two years of its existence, about 500 million people have been infected with it, approximately 100 million of whom have died without coping with the disease.
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