Good: Deadliest Pandemics in History.

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on Aug 26, 2011
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GOOD Magazine does it again. With thanks for the tip to Reddit.

Because the planet holds so many more humans than in the past, commenters asked for these pandemics as a percentage of total population. One commenter offered this:

Ordered by the (loose approximation) average number of deaths every day seems a little more interesting than total numbers (if I haven’t made a mess of the calculations (and I’ll delete this post if I have, so don’t respond :)):

  • Spanish Flu = 205,479 per day
  • Third Pandemic = 32,877 per day
  • Tuberculosis = 5,479 per day
  • Hong Kong Flu = 2,740 per day
  • HIV/AIDS = 2,283 per day
  • Malaria = 2,140 per day
  • Black Death = 477 per day
  • Plague of Justinian = 328 per day
  • Measles = 206 per day
  • Yellow Fever = 82 per day
  • Smallpox = 69 per day
  • Cholera = 42 per day
  • Typhus = 4 per day

Would be interesting to see cancer, smoking, skin cancer, breast cancer, car-related deaths listed.


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