How Well Do You Know the History of Pandemics?

 We are in the midst of one of the biggest, and definitely FASTEST, pandemics ever recorded in world history. It is not the first one the human species has encountered, though. Do you know the past of the largest and most deadly pandemics and epidemics? It's a history that is tragic, yet important to know, so that we do not repeat the mistakes of our forefathers. This quiz has 15 questions for you on that history, good luck!
 
 
When did the HIV pandemic begin to appear in the world?
1981
1973
1991
1989
 
 
How many people around the world (approximately) have died from the HIV virus since the pandemic began?
36 million
5 million
500 million
500,000
 
 
When did the "Black Death" pandemic take place?
The black death outbreak lasted primarily between 1346 and 1353 AD.
14th Century
16th century
17th century
19th century
 
 
How many people died from the black death?
75-200 million
200-400 million
Too many to count
10-20 million
 
 
The Black Death is believed to have been transferred by...
It is thought that fleas coming with merchants from Asia transferred the disease.
Physical touch
Sexual contact
Fleas
Mosquitoes
 
 
The Asian Flu pandemic broke during the...
1956-1958 are the main years of the outbreak.
1950's
1960's
1940's
1920's
 
 
True or False: The Asian Flu is called so because it never left Asia.
It came from Asia, but it also reached the US with over 70,000 dead.
True
False
 
 
The Asian Flu killed about _______ people worldwide and about ________ people in the United States alone.
2 million and 70,000
500,000 and 10,000
10 million and 100,000
1.5 million and 560
 
 
'Typhoid Mary' was a woman who spread the Typhoid disease in New York. What was her profession?
Maid
Cook
Nurse
Prostitute
 
Which of these was NOT an early sign of Typhoid?
Poor appetite
Headaches
High Fever
Paralysis
Diarrhea
 
 
The epidemic of smallpox to hit the United States happened in which century?
18th
16th
19th
Early 20th
 
 
True or False: Smallpox no longer requires a vaccine because it has been eradicated.
In 1770, a vaccine from cows was made for smallpox. Today it is so rare we don't vaccinate against it anymore.
True
False
 
 
The Cholera outbreak started in India, traveled to the US and infected one American city especially - what city was that?
New York
Washington
Boston
Chicago
 
 
The Scarlet Fever affected one population group especially (95%) - which group?
People over 50
Children
Pregnant women
Jewish people
 
 
The Spanish Flu broke out in the year...
1918
1948
1898
1818
You don't know much about past epidemics
Not that it makes much of a difference to your life now, but knowing the past keeps us from repeating it in the future. It's important to understand how epidemics may move through a population and these past epidemics are terrible tragedies we should strive to avoid. Learn from your mistakes down below.
You know SOME stuff about epidemics
These questions aren't easy so you definitely know more than the average person about epidemics and their history. Good for you, this kind of knowledge prevents us from repeating the same mistakes. Medicine may have advanced, but good logic and caution are still crucial. You still have some mistakes, so if you'd like to know what they were - look below.
You know A LOT about epidemics and pandemics!
Wow, maybe the current pandemic is making you read a lot about other diseases, or maybe you are just really knowledgeable and blessed with an avid intellectual curiosity. Good for you, that's really impressive and in light of certain events - pretty darn useful, even.
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