Short list of Pandemics in History

Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always ‘I am healthily in body and mind’.

– Swami Sivananda

Without an adequate response, an epidemic can develop into a pandemic, which generally means it has spread to more than one continent.

Alan Huffman

I want to share some information on the history of pandemics. I know that COVID-19 is happening currently which got me thinking about other pandemics that happened throughout history.

First, What is the definition of a pandemic?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) speaking about the Flu it is a “worldwide spread of a new disease“. I am sure there is a lot more to it then that. I am in no way a Doctor nor do I pretend to be one. I would love to learn what others say is the definition of a Pandemic?

After some searching i came across a pretty interesting list of the worst pandemics in history, I know we can add more to this list. Here they are [1]:

HIV/AIDS Pandemic (at its peak, 2005-2012)
Flu Pandemic (1968)
Asian Flu (1956-1958)
Flu Pandemic (1918)
Sixth Cholera Pandemic (1910-1911)
Flu Pandemic (1889-1890)
Third Cholera Pandemic (1852–1860)
The Black Death (1346-1353)
Plague of Justinian (541-542)
Antonine Plague (165 AD)

Lets keep in mind that every pandemic is bad and that no pandemic is good. I wanted to just list a few of the historic pandemics that might give pause to what has happened in the past.

Here are a few more articles about pandemics that might shed some light on their history:

https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/pandemics-timeline

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/worst-pandemics-in-history

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2020-02-10-a-short-history-recent-pandemics

What pandemics do you see as significant pandemics in history? What is your definition of Pandemic?

Looking forward to hearing from you!


[1] Outbreak: 10 of the Worst Pandemics in History | MPH Online. (2012). MPH Online. https://www.mphonline.org/worst-pandemics-in-history/

Weather Radar Resources

via National Weather Service in Jacksonville, FL

Wanted to share a couple of awesome weather radar links I found and one of air qualifty. See below for the links to get directly toward the maps.

What weather radar resources do you use?

Radar Data Map from NOAA

NWS Geographic Information Services (GIS) via Esri

Air VIsual