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Jackson Mugarura asked 3 months ago

Any Other Pandemic That Claimed Lives in the Past?

Apart from the Spanish flu of 1918- 1920 and the current covid-19. Has there ever been any other pandemic that claimed more than fifty million people. Because it’s estimated, that Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people and Covid19 we are still counting and no one knows where it could reach. Any clues?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 months ago

The Black Death is the most deadliest pandemic in human history. It killed almost 75-200 millions people in Eurasia. It occurred for 7 years between 1346 and  1353. I can’t imagine how scary the situation back then.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Malaria is a deadly disease that claimed so many lives especially in Africa.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 months ago

Ogbonnaya — Is there ever a Malaria pandemic in Africa? In the early of the year 2020, I read news about the outbreak of Ebola Virus in Africa, how is the situation right now?

Kenneth Ogbonnaya replied 2 months ago

I think Ebola is still ravaging Dr Congo,In my residence country Nigeria, there is no Ebola.

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 3 months ago

Malaria is the leading cause of death in  the world. A total of 228 million cases were reported by WHO in 2018 .It has been killing over 500000 people per year in the world.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

What about malaria that kill millions yearly.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

Espanish flu have killed more than 50 millions people, Malaria is still killing in some countries in Africa, Ebola also did his best in most countries. Covid19 is still claiming every day.
Humanity need quick solution to stop this.

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Gareth White answered 3 months ago

Hi Kenneth, not sure where you get your info from but Malaria only kills about 500000 per year worldwide. There are about 200million cases but not deaths

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Shane Collins answered 2 months ago

There was a horrible Ebola virus out brake in South Africa that claimed many lives in a matter of minutes to exposure to the virus.

Jackson Mugarura replied 2 months ago

Shane- I didn’t know ebola has ever affected S.Africa, I thought it was in the forests of Congo.

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Nnaemeka Victor answered 2 months ago

Ebola virus and Spanish flu

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Gareth White answered 2 months ago

Yes Ebola is a nasty one with no known cure

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 2 months ago

We have uncountable number of diseases which had killed millions people in the past, A flu named Spanish flu had killed many people, Ebola also did it in many West African countries, Malaria is also another disease that have to be mentioned.

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Gareth White answered 2 months ago

Anything that causes death is scary and but at least COVID has a vaccine whereas Ebola still doesn’t and that continue to take life’s with no end in site.

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Edward Duffy answered 2 months ago

I think there was bird flu and SARS that affected large parts of Asia. These were late 1990’s early 2000’s.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 months ago

There was Sars and bird flu, but, is not really a pandemic,but, it claimed so many lives.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 2 months ago

There are many diseases which are claiming millions of lives everyday year.the only difference with Covid19 is that it has claimed lives in short period of time than others which do in many years.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 2 months ago

Hi Leno,
 
That is true. The death rate in normal times is steady. However, during the pandemic, the excess-death (the differences between the average normal death rate and death rate during COVID-19) is increasing dramatically. It means that this pandemic is different from those diseases happening in normal time.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

I’ve heard of the Spanish flu. Even the information I got was that the flu was more dangerous than Covid-19.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

Indeed adharad, spanish flu killed millions of people but we can’t say if it was more dangerous than Covid19. Covid19 is still in it’s early stages, let’s wait and see.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

Lasa fever is also another pandemic that tookbthe lives of people

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adharad answered 1 month ago

Jackson. I have seen and read that Covid-19 is no more dangerous than the Spanish flu or the SARS virus. It’s just that the Covid-19 virus has a faster transmission rate than other viruses. I hope the Covid-19 virus will disappear immediately with the vaccine

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

Thanks Kenneth, I didn’t know about Lasa fever. I heard about it today.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

I didn’t know that adharad, I thought that this is the worst, some people are now saying that they rather suffer from AIDS instead of Covid19, how do you see this?

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adharad answered 1 month ago

Hi, Jackson
I think AIDS is also dangerous to our health. If given a choice I would prefer neither. There is no cure for Covid-19 or AIDS. But still what I know is that the covid-19 virus is very contagious compared to other viruses such as SARS, MERS, HIV / AIDS.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

There was an argument adharad, people ware saying that if there was no choice and one to die of either of the two, that they would prefer the former. That with AIDS one can live long and even do some developments before dying.😀

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adharad answered 1 month ago

Jackson.
I just found out about it.
So far, I only know that AIDS is the last stage in the attack of the HIV / AIDS virus. That is, at the AIDS stage the virus has peaked. I only know that a person can survive longer in the HIV stage.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 1 month ago

Yes, covi19 is dangerous ,it kills its patient in such period of time if he don’t receive any treatment. It attacks the immune system and destroy all defensive system in the body;It dangeriousity is because it don’t take time to kill a patient. But there are several diseases that had killed millions people in the past, like Ebola, SARS etc they are dangerous but with a slow speed.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

I agree with me, Leno.
That virus is very dangerous, but transmission is not as terrible as Covid-19.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

I think I’m missing something here, I didn’t bother to take into consideration  the different stages of the sickness like HIV and AIDS. But, I think you are right.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

Thankyou, Jackson.
You have shared your thoughts with me in this club.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

Welcome adharad, its my pleasure to meet you here. We have kept it lively. I think I’m learning many things from you friend.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

Hi, Jackson.
I hope we make good friendships in this club. I hope we can meet in the future

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David Matlala answered 1 month ago

The Swine Flu and AIDS pandemics.

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Steinar Kloverod answered 1 month ago

We had the bird flew early in the 2000’ies. I also remember I took a vaccine against the pig flew in 2009.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 4 weeks ago

The black death 1346-1353 traveled from Asia to Europe leaving devastation in its wake. Some estimates suggest that it wiped out over half of Europe’s population. It was caused by a strain of the bacterium Yersinia pestis, that is lickly extinct today and was spread by fleas on infected rodents. The bodies of victims were buried in massive graves.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

Lasa fever, Ebola

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Jackson Mugarura answered 4 weeks ago

Indeed Ebola devastated West Africa kenneth, it killed many people, remember some health workers being drafted to go and work to contain the disease. Health workers from my country Uganda also went there and some contracted it and died. It was  horrible.

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Steinar Kloverod answered 4 weeks ago

We have had different kinds of the Sars virus. I remember a virus called pig flew in 2009. It was developed a special vaccine for that virus.

Steinar Kloverod replied 4 weeks ago

This pandemic claimed also lives.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 4 weeks ago

Indeed Steinar, I guess it was sars and swine flu. They also scared the world during that time.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much Mr Steinar to remember us. It has also claimed lot of lives in 2009.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Yes indeed, it was sars and swine flu like Steinar has said. They claimed many lives too.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

I agree with Steinar.
The virus took many lives.
I hope there are no more viruses like that

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Indeed Ad, let’s hope God will pardon and protect humanity from any further pandemics and suffering. Covid19 has done enough devastation.

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adharad answered 3 weeks ago

I agree with you, Jackson.
I pray to God to quickly end this pandemic, it hurts a lot of people around the world

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

It has hurt so many people Ad, you can\’t imagine how much suffering it has brought to humanity. May the Lord never allow any such other suffering to happen to his people.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 weeks ago

This pandemic has also brought poverty to the higher level .Humanity is suffering a lot during this pandemic giving no chance to poor families.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Leno, you mean that the poverty that is eating into communities is the pandemic itself too! 🙂

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 weeks ago

I agree with you, Leno.
 
The poor have already suffered a lot before the pandemic. But, the pandemic makes it worse for them. There is a friend of my brother. He used to work at a hotel in our city. He lost his job due to pandemic. Then, he sold face mask to support his family. He opened a stall near a busy road, and one day a car lose control and hit him and his stall. He died right away. I believe that there are still many similar stories to the one I mentioned before.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

It’s a very sad story Ahmad,  now you can imagine how much suffering this poor man’s family has endured. It’s like a curse, the desease has turned people’s lives into hell.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 weeks ago

Yes, it was Jackson.
 
However, our Major and the government have done a great job to ease his family’s suffering. He left a wife and two children. The government guarantee the education of the child through the University. Although it can’t completely remove the suffering, the government support really helps the family.
 
And yes, many poor people whose story unheard and their suffering don’t receive a generous helping hand.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Indeed Ahmadthis is just one case that came to light, but many more are there suffering locally. It’s the same thing happening to many homes here in my country too.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 weeks ago

I hope this pandemic will end soon. I also wish that the government support can cover all of the low-income family and those affected worst by the pandemic.
 
Could you share the situation in your country, Jackson?

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

It’s very sad indeed ladies and gentlemen, governments have not come up with any plans to help their citizens, but all you can hear are political turmoils. It’s happening in my country Uganda. Hungry, desperate and destitute people are everywhere, but no any support.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 weeks ago

I am sorry to hear that.
 
Then, how they manage to support themselves and their families during the pandemic?

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Some of us are lucky that we are working on some small jobs and can afford some basic necessities. We have many other friends, colleagues, and those people who were already poor before this pandemic, they have all drowned into absolute poverty, unable to afford even a single meal. Some just say a prayer and sleep. The little hope is fading. That’s the small light of what’s happening down here.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

Ahmad, thank you for that question, at the moment a neighbor who has some food can help by sharing. I share my food with my neighbors for instance and other many people do so. We try to help where we can.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 weeks ago

When say I get money I can buy like 10 bags of posho and beans and share with neighbors

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