While the epidemic is shocking and concerning, the world has seen its like before. In the above video Laci Green talks us through the top five deadliest pandemic diseases in history.
Smallpox is one of the earliest known viruses as it is thought to have first emerged in 400 BC. The virus killed time and time again with various outbreaks throughout history, but thankfully, smallpox became the first disease to be completely eradicated by medical experts.
As well as the fascinating history of each disease, the video also looks at the advances mankind has made regarding tackling these diseases. One thing it also shows: in the midst of a pandemic, humanity can be pretty resourceful.
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