Epidemics in World History

In both Science Fiction and Reel to Real, we have been discussing several issues related to health, public policy, and the role of government in national emergencies and disasters.

Our most recent journey has been in the pandemic department–only fitting as we attempt to outlive the Mayan calendar and continue our species into the future.  Research and discuss the following:

  1. Origin of a major pandemic in history.
  2. How human interaction spread that pandemic
  3. The consequences of that pandemic (remember–consequences are not all bad–some are positive.  What effects can a sudden elimination of overpopulation bring for the next generations?)
  4. The resources necessary to prepare for and stop the spread of disease today.



Epidemics and Diseases 


6 thoughts on “Epidemics in World History

  1. The Great Influenza, also known as the Spanish Flu, lasted from 1918-1919 was considered as one of the deadliest plagues in history. Supposedly, it was estimated that about 50 to 100 million people were killed by this pandemic in the time span of six months. In World War 1 the close troop quarters and massive troop movements hastened the pandemic and probably both increased transmission and augmented mutation. The virus hit in Germany, Britain, France, the United States, and Spain. The virus hit Spain the hardest thus the name “Spanish Flu” but the outbreak didn’t start there. But now in our day in age, I believe we have a better chance of stopping or quarantining a pandemic with our advanced knowledge of medicine.

  2. I think the plagues should be taught in more schools so that children can learn about the deadly diseases. They need to know the importance of diseases like the “Spanish Flu” and the “Swine Flu”. It would give them a better look at the realness of these diseases.

  3. The Plague of Athens is one the first recorded pandemics in history. Killing 1/3 of the people and making 2 more appearances years after, it left it’s victims with fevers and mouths full of blood and pus and eventually skin ulcers. Many researchers consider it an outbreak of the bubonic plague, though after re-considerations of the reported symptoms have led scholars to believe that it could also be any of the following; typhus, smallpox, measles, and toxic shock syndrome.

  4. THe Spanish Flu was a very deadly disease. It spread so fast that it had nearly no effect on the economy. It orignated in the U.S. but because ot spread to spain it got given the name “Spanish Flu”. The spanish flu had a very high mortality rate. It spread very easily, and people were scared of contact with other people. The Spanish flu spread very quickly so there wasn’t much effect on the economy or polotically. This plague was so deadly it was said to be called worse than the Black Death.

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