The history of pandemics

Yesterday, the World Health Organisation said we should prepare for a possible coronavirus “pandemic”. What exactly is a pandemic? How does it spread? And what can we do about it? This 2012 TED-Ed video by author Mark Honigsbaum remains as true today as when it was first delivered.

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Activities

  1. Create a timeline of some of the worst pandemics in history, showing dates and the estimated number of deaths.
  2. Make a graphic ranking 10 of the most well-known diseases in order of their mortality rate.