The History of Pandemics

The history of pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the ongoing COVID-19 event, ranked by their impact on human life.

Visualization type: Infographic, Timeline

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The History of Pandemics by Death Toll

The History of Pandemics

Pan·dem·ic /panˈdemik/ (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.

As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has.

Today’s visualization outlines some of history’s most deadly pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the current COVID-19 event.


First published: March 14, 2020 (link)

Latest update: April 12, 2020

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data sources: CDC, WHO, BBC, Wikipedia, Historical records, Encyclopedia Britannica, Johns Hopkins University

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