Epidemics yesterday and today

You could also find out about famous epidemics in history, such as the Black Death in the fourteenth century, and the 1918 Flu Pandemic at the end of the First World War.

  • Find out about these epidemics and use the modelling tools in the Activities to model them - how good are the predictions compared to reality?
  • What caused these epidemics?
  • Why are they still remembered?
  • What made them particularly virulent?
  • Can you estimate the reproductive ratio, R0, for these epidemics?
  • Could such severe epidemics occur again?
  • What diseases are we most at risk from today?
  • What factors in our modern lifestyles make us particularly susceptible to disease?
  • What factors today might help alleviate the worst problems of an epidemic?
  • What are the differences in susceptibility to epidemics between developed and less developed parts of the world?