Bear Grylls says that the COVID pandemic means that it has never been harder to be a young person than it is today. I am sure that the kids who lived through the Athenian plague of 430 BC, where two thirds of the city was wiped out would feel sorry for the kids of today.
Then there was the Justinian plague during the 6th century AD, which wiped out one quarter of the world’s population.
Or how about the black death of the mid 1300’s? I mean that only wiped out a third of the world’s population. This disease was so severe, that there are still traces of the loss of genetic diversity to be found in the DNA of people today.
The arrival of the Spaniards in the Caribbean in 1492 wiped out 90% of the indigenous populations of the Caribbean isles.
The Spanish flu of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide.
Over a million died from the Asian flu in 1957.
But hey, that COVID pandemic with the 98% survival rate and the 10% infection rate is the worst EVER.