For some, the year 2020 was a year of catastrophe, with millions dying during the global pandemic, we had to work from home, and meetings were held at Zoom.
But if we look at history, we know that the situation could have been even more difficult, and perhaps knowing the historical background, we think that the year 2020 was not really that bad!
In this article, we will take a look at what went wrong in the year 2020 and how much worst it was then in the past.
Deaths Due to To COVID- 19
According to Johns Hopkins University, coronavirus has been diagnosed in 74.5 million people worldwide so far, with 19 to 1.6 million deaths.
Although it is one of the worst global pandemics in the world, the situation was even worse in the past.
After 1346, the Black Death or Bubonic plague was one of the most dangerous Pandemics in the world. It killed 25 million people in Europe and 200 million worldwide.
After 1520, people from Spain and Portugal came to the United States with smallpox, which killed 60 to 90 per cent of the continent’s natives.
The Spanish flu spread around the world in 1918. It was spread by returning soldiers after World War I. The epidemic killed 50 million people. It wiped out three to five per cent of the world’s population.
The HIV / AIDS Pandemic began in the 1980s and has killed 32 million people so far.
The global Pandemic has also taken a heavy toll on the economy and has affected the livelihoods of many people around the world.
However, the unemployment rate has not yet reached the level of the 1929-33 economic crisis.
1933 was a particularly bad year. At that time, one in three people in Germany was unemployed. At the same time, popular politician Adolf Hitler came to power.
It is true that in most parts of the world, people have to spend most of their time at home and not be able to meet their loved ones.
But in 536, a large part of the world’s population could not even look at the sky.
According to historian Michael McCormick, a mysterious fog was hovering over Europe, the Middle East and many parts of Asia for 18 months this year.
He says it was “one of the worst times in the history of the world, even if we don’t consider it the worst.”
This is the beginning of the coldest decade in the last 2300 years in which crops were destroyed and people went hungry.
This may have been due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland or North America. Its ashes fell to the northern hemisphere.
The fog is believed to have spread to Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. The severe cold wave engulfed many areas.
Historically, this has been a bad year for world tourism. But if you are so sorry to be home, think about your ancestors.
Human beings have been facing severe travel constraints since 195,000 years ago.
This was the beginning of a cold and dry period that lasted for thousands of years. This is known as marine isotope stage 6.
Scientists such as Professor Curtis Marion believe that this drought brought our race to the brink of extinction.
He says that the survival of humanity was made possible by living in caves. There are similar caves on the south coast of Africa. One of these caves is called the Garden of Eden. Here people learned to live on seafood.
A major explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on August 4 was caused by the unsafe storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. About 190 people were killed and more than 6,000 were injured.
According to experts, it was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. Its intensity was as much as one kiloton of TNT. This is the 20th part of the Hiroshima bomb.
But in December 1984, a chemical plant in Bhopal, India, exploded due to a leak. It killed thousands and is considered one of the worst industrial accidents in modern history.
According to the Indian government, about 3,500 people were killed in the blast. It is estimated that some 15,000 more died of lung disease in the following years.
The city was shrouded in dangerous fog for decades after the blast, which is still affecting people today.
Bushfire in Australia last summer killed at least 33 people, but the damage was far greater. About three billion animals died in the city or had to leave their homes and move to other areas. These include all kinds of animals and birds whose homes were burnt down by the fire.
After all, what is the enmity with the 2020 koala generation?
But in September 1923, earthquakes spread like wildfire. One such incident killed more than 140,000 people between Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan. The death toll was human, not koala.
Ray of hope
From many angles, 2020 has been a very difficult year. With the global epidemic, we were buying essentials in chaos, sometimes keeping a social distance from our loved ones.
Many of us also got tired of the lockdown and were only found shaking hands with the sanitizer.
But let’s take a look at some of the good things that have happened this year. It was a year in which …
Women’s participation in world politics has increased. In 2020, 20 states were headed by women. In 1995, that number was just 12.
According to a UN report, the number of women in the parliaments of different countries doubled in 2020. It accounted for 25% of all seats.
And this is the year that Kamala Harris made history. She is the first woman to be elected vice president, the first black woman, the first woman from the South Asian community, and the first woman to be the daughter of an immigrant.
People around the world rallied against racism, hoping for a better future.
There was also news for the environment. More companies are now promising to reduce carbon emissions. In fact, according to the United Nations, many local governments and businesses are in favour of zero emissions as a whole. These companies include Facebook, Ford and Mercedes-Benz.
If these good things are not enough for you, then obviously at some point we will have to leave this land. In October, NASA discovered more water on the moon than we had seen in the past. This is a discovery that could make future missions even more important.
We hope that we will remember the lessons learned from the year 2020 and especially from the global pandemic.
One thing is this pandemic gave is that at least people are washing their hands more regularly now.