Asian Flu – 1957
In 1957, the world fell into chaos when more than 1.1 million people grew ill with what became known as the Asian Flu. Like the coronavirus, Marla Ahlgrimm reports that the Asian Flu came from China, and it was an unexpected blend of avian flu strains. 116,000 people died in the United States. The primary difference was that, because it was a combination of known strains, it was easier to develop a vaccine.
AIDS – 1981
With an estimated 35 million deaths since 1981, AIDS continues to be an ongoing pandemic. Caused by the HIV virus, AIDS transferred from primates to humans sometime in the 1920s. Today, there are 40 million people in the world living with AIDS. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, science has made it possible to live a long and healthy life after an AIDS diagnosis, whereas it was formerly a death sentence. Emerging medicine has actually cured two patients of the disease as of 2020.
H1N1 – 2009
Ebola – 2014
The Ebola virus, which can’t be cured, was first discovered in the Republic of Congo in 1976. It shares similarities with today’s coronavirus as it’s believed to have originated with bats. Marla Ahlgrimm explains 2014 to 2016 was especially bad for Ebola in west Africa, with more than 11,300 deaths.