|Posted by George Freund on March 17, 2020 at 6:50 PM|
Shows bubonic plague, also known as Black Death, killed 200million people and most lethal of all pandemics
1918 Spanish flu outbreak claimed lives of almost 50million people in just one year after racing around globe
By comparison, COVID-19 killed more than 7,000 people and infected 182,000 since outbreak in December
Scientists say the 'scale' and 'lethality' of the virus is on the scale of Spanish flu and warn of lack of vaccine
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By CONNOR BOYD HEALTH REPORTER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:50 EDT, 17 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:43 EDT, 17 March 2020
The true scale of the coronavirus outbreak currently sweeping the world has been laid bare in a visual timeline comparing it to history's most deadly pandemics.
It shows the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, was the most lethal of all diseases, killing roughly 200million people in the 14th century.
Smallpox, the second deadliest pandemic in history, claimed the lives of 56million people over more than 400 years before it was finally eradicated in 1980.
By comparison, COVID-19 has so far killed 7,000 people and infected more than 180,000 since December. But it is still in its early stages.
Scientists say the 'scale' and 'lethality' of the virus is on the scale of the H1N1 influenza strain that sparked the Spanish flu pandemic over 100 years ago.
The 1918 outbreak killed off almost 50million people in just one year after racing around the globe and infecting a quarter of the world's population.