How have we beat other health crises like COVID-19 before? Were there vaccines?Updated: April 12th, 2021
Yes, the world is no stranger to outbreaks and health crises much like the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 1918, for example, Spanish flu broke out, and infected a quarter of the world’s population — killing 50 million people. Schools were closed, public gatherings were banned, and some areas reacted better than others (sound familiar?). A truly effective vaccine wasn’t developed, but good personal hygiene, and isolation and quarantine, helped control the spread.
Polio, meanwhile, has been around for millenia. But in the mid-20th century, an outbreak caused devastation around the world. It took a long time but in 1955, a safe polio vaccine was released to the public and cases began to plummet. Now, polio is 99.9% eradicated worldwide.
You can find out more about past health crises and how they were beaten in the video.