By MPP Toby Barrett
There is little doubt 2020 and the COVID pandemic will be a piece of history taught in the future.
While there have been pandemics before with higher death tolls, never before has a virus brought the entire planet to a halt in the age of global travel and modern medicine. Globally there have been more than 25 million cases and in excess of 850,000 deaths.
To put this in a historical perspective, there have been worse pandemics. The Spanish Flu a hundred years ago is one example, with a death toll in excess of 50 million. The Asian Flu, Russian Flu, and Hong Kong Flu are all other examples where the death toll crossed the million mark.