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Mujeres con mascarilla para prevenir la gripe española hace un siglo (foto del diario "El Progreso").

DID YOU KNOW? The severity of Covid-19 is far from other pandemies

With this post we resume the activity in our blog.

It is a different post from the usual ones, and it was born with the aim of providing calmness in the face of the pandemic we are experiencing due to COVID-19.

History can help us put into perspective what is happening with the current pandemic and, although it may seem otherwise, the severity of this outbreak appears to be far from the deadliest outbreaks.

There have always been and there will always be epidemics. It is part and parcel of nature. We need to be aware of it, and learn from past experiences to be able to overcome these outbreaks.

So, from LiresCa we would like to send some calmness and hope. We would also like to inform you that we are working to provide a safe environment for everyone the day we can open our doors again. We know that training is an asset, and in Liresca we have the privilege to count with highly qualified people among our management in order to face this challenge. We are also working with specialised consultants and we are attending specialised health and safety training that will allow us to be efficient without losing the friendliness and warmth that characterize our work.

Here is a summary of the most significant pandemics that have been recorded since the Ancient Age:

  • Antonine plague (165-180): 5 million deaths
  • Justinian Plague (541-542): 30-50 million deaths
  • Japanese smallpox epidemic (735–737): 1 million deaths
  • Black Death (1347-1351): 200 million deaths
  • Smallpox (1520): 56 million deaths
  • Great plagues of the 17th century (different outbreaks of bubonic plague) (1600): 3 million deaths
  • Great plagues of the 18th century (various epidemics that arose in different countries, the most important being the Russian plague) (1700): 600,000 deaths
  • Cholera (1817-1923): 1 million deaths
  • The third plague (third bubonic plague pandemic that emerged in Yunnan, China) (1855): 12 million deaths
  • Yellow fever (late 1800s): 100,000-150,000 deaths
  • The misnamed Spanish Flu (1918-1919): 40-50 million deaths
  • Russian flu (1889-1890): 1 million deaths
  • Asian flu (1957-1958): 1.1 million deaths
  • Hong Kong flu (1968-1970): 1 million deaths
  • HIV / AIDS (1981-present): 25-35 million deaths
  • SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Disease caused by a coronavirus other than that causing COVID-19) (2002-2003): 770 deaths.
  • Swine flu (2009-2010): 200,000 deaths
  • MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome also caused by a coronavirus) (2012-present): 850 deaths
  • Ebola (2014-2016): 11,300 deaths
Mujer y hombre con mascarilla para prevenir la gripe. Foto sacada de “National Geographic”.