The World’s Deadliest Pandemics by Population Impact |

Published 7 days ago on March 17, 2021

Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact

During its heyday, the Black Death wiped out roughly 50% of the world’s population—making it one of the deadliest pandemics to date.

The Briefing

  • As of March 15, 2021, COVID has claimed the lives of almost 2.7 million people worldwide
  • That’s 0.03% of the global population
  • We’ll be updating this graphic as the current pandemic continues

Visualizing the World’s Deadliest Pandemics

Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.

And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.

Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.

Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.

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