(ORDO NEWS) — Since the 14th century, in every 20th year of the new century, there has been a strong outbreak of a deadly infectious disease. And this is true, not fraud with numbers. What is behind these strange cyclical epidemics?
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world. In each country, tens or hundreds of thousands of infected and thousands of dead.
Every week, authorities come up with new rules and measures in an attempt to reduce the spread of the disease, but far from in all countries they succeed.
Doctors sound the alarm, convincing people to limit their social contacts and stay at home to avoid infection. Meanwhile, historians do what they love the most – delve into the past in search of analogues.
And recently, they noticed a strange pattern: In the last 700 years, every 20th year of the century a massive epidemic of a deadly disease flared up. Below we have compiled a curious selection confirming this theory.
The year 1320 became a symbol of the largest outbreak of the plague called Black Death. The pandemic began in eastern China, after which it quickly reached India, and then reached Europe through trade routes.
The Black Death pandemic lasted almost 30 years and its main peak occurred in 1345-1355. During this time, almost half of the population of Europe died, and in total about 70 million people died in the world, which amounted to about a quarter of the world population in that era.
In 1420, a massive pandemic broke out on the territory of Tsarist Russia. In the annals she is described as a cruel pestilence. The first small outbreaks occurred at the very beginning of the 1400s, but only certain cities or settlements were affected, and in 1420 the pestilence began to grow like a snowball and they began to report about it in all chronicles.
Symptoms of diseases were described in different places in different ways, but historians believe that two forms of plague spread at once in Russia – pulmonary and bubonic.
Among the most affected cities were Pskov, Veliky Novgorod, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Galich and others, that is, almost all the main Russian cities of that time, except Moscow. The mortality from the pestilence was so great that there weren’t enough people to harvest from the fields, and soon cruel hunger fell on those who survived. This pestilence lasted with brief interruptions until 1428, killing “many thousands of people.”
The year 1520 in Europe is considered the time of the smallpox epidemic. According to scientists, she came from Asian countries and that the infection passed to people from camels. The virus quickly spread throughout Europe and raged over the next hundred years. During this time, almost every European was ill with them.
At this very time, Europeans actively colonized America and accordingly brought smallpox there. And if the Europeans had even the slightest immunity from smallpox, the Indians did not have it at all, since they had never encountered this virus before. The smallpox was massively mowed by the Indian population and was extinct from it by entire tribes.
The year 1720 saw the advent of the bubonic plague in Europe. She earned the nickname “Marseille Plague” because the outbreak began with the French city of Marseille. The plague lasted two years and as a result, more than 100 thousand people died.
The year 1820 was marked by an outbreak of cholera. The epidemic of this dangerous contagious disease first arose in India, and from there it quickly dispersed with merchants around the world, covering vast territories of Asia, Africa and Europe. The pandemic lasted 7 years and claimed the lives of thousands of people.
The year 1920 is known as the time of the Spanish Flu. In just two years, during which the pandemic raged, more than 500 million people were infected, of which 100 million died. However, it is still unknown where exactly the “Spaniard” came from and why she turned out to be so lethal. Doctors have only a few theories about this.
From such coincidences goosebumps go, but skeptics assure that there is nothing sinister in it and that some “World Evil” does not suit the epidemic according to the schedule, as it may seem. They reasonably indicate that these coincidences do not take into account many other mass outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases that occurred before the 14th century and in other years except the 20th.
Nevertheless, one cannot recall the different researchers who believe that history is cyclical and that there are special periods when the likelihood of an outbreak of a fatal disease or the outbreak of war is much stronger than in others. They attribute this to solar or planetary activity, the effects on people of cosmic radiation, the Earth‘s magnetic field, and other causes.
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