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