Title

Pandemics Throughout the History

Division

TriStar

Hospital

TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Document Type

Review Article

Publication Date

9-20-2021

Keywords

pandemics, cholera, influenza pandemics, plague, sars, ebola virus

Disciplines

Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Family Medicine | Infectious Disease | Internal Medicine | Virus Diseases

Abstract

As we move amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we have witnessed tremendous distress, death, and turmoil of everyday life for more than one year now. However, they are not modern phenomena; deadly pandemics have happened throughout recorded history. Pandemics such as the plague, Spanish Flu, HIV, and Ebola caused deaths, destruction of political regimes, as well as financial and psychosocial burdens. However, they sometimes resulted in scientific discoveries. Understanding the mechanism of the emergence of these pandemics is crucial to control any spreading pandemic and prevent the emergence of a potential new one. Public health agencies need to work on improving the countries’ pandemic preparedness to prevent any future pandemics. The review article aims to shed light on some of the deadliest pandemics throughout history, information of critical importance for clinicians and researchers.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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