Coronavirus: Every 100 years, the world has to brave a pandemic
First Published 3, Mar 2020, 6:32 PM IST
Is it a coincidence or well-charted destiny, every 100 years, the world is devastated by a pandemic that takes thousands of lives along. Going by this uncanny recurrence, is coronavirus a pandemic that's striking the world in this cycle?
Going by the cycle of events, one tends to believe if this is a pattern scripted by God. A pandemic devastates the world every century and perhaps coronavirus is being goaded by destiny in this cycle. Let's delve into history. The world was plagued by the pandemic called 'plague' in 1720. Cholera shook the world in 1820. This was followed by Spanish flu in 1920. These events marked the dark years for the world and its citizens during those traumatic times.
1720 - Plague: Plague was a disease that struck the world in 1920. France's Marsais was the place that first detected it. And this disease shook the region for a year killing around 1 lakh people. The tragedy lay in the fact that there was no space to bury the victims individually, and they had to resort to mass burial.
1820 - Cholera: In 1820, Kolkata in West Bengal, India, was the first place that detected the presence of this disease. While Cholera was detected much before, the disease spread fast from Kolkata, Asia to Europe, leaving nearly half the population of the world in panic. Southeast Asia was the most affected with a death toll that touched over 1 lakh people.
1920 - Spanish flu: The very mention of this flu would send shivers down the spine in 1920. The Spanish flu had affected 27% of the world's population. That's how deadly this flu was then. Approximately 10 crore people died due to Spanish Flu. It spread across the world and it is believed that this deadly flu had claimed the maximum number of lives till date.
2020 - Coronavirus: Hundred years after the emergence of Spanish Flu, the world is now reeling under coronavirus scare. Looking back at the tragic events that transpired every hundredth year, one can't help but wonder what the world has in store in this cycle. It's a 100 years after the Spanish flu devastation that was witnessed. There is a thought that coronavirus is here and it perhaps marks the pandemic scripted for 2020. The dark nights have begun in China. And the fatal virus has set foot on Indian soil and the rest of the world too. People are petrified. Will history repeat itself? However, government officials and health experts all around the world are bending backwards to battle this perilous virus.