Beside COVID-19 What Other Viruses Have There Been?


All we have been hearing about for the past two years is COVID-19, The Corona Virus and the pandemic, it’s almost as if other viruses no longer exist and that this has been the only pandemic the human race has ever had to face.

We have lived and survived through many.

The following list highlights just 7 of the deadliest viruses and pandemics we have had to deal with over the past 20 years past and there have been quite a few.

Below I have highlighted the significant bits for you, just in case your schedule is tight.

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All extremely serious, all still out there, most of which can cause irreversible damage and sometimes result in death, with or without medical treatment.

We again find ourselves in 2021 having to deal with yet another pandemic caused by a new strain of the coronavirus virus, COVID-19, and the thing is, it won’t be the last.

1981: HIV/AIDS 

(HIV = Human Immunodeficiency Virus & AIDS = Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)

The initial HIV slowly attacks the body’s immune system executing its attack in 3 different stages.

Over years, HIV damaged its host’s immune system to such an extent that it is completely taken over by the virus rendering it dysfunctional, helpless and ineffective, ultimately resulting in full-blown Aids.

There are three stages to this disease which are as follows:

Stage 1: Acute HIV Infection  (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 

Symptoms include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • aching muscles
  • fever & Chills
  • mouth ulcers
  • excessive night sweats
  • excessive tiredness
  • irritability and fatigue

Stage 2: Chronic HIV infection.

This stage may show no outward presenting symptoms and can last anywhere between 10 to 15 years, although some people can move faster through this stage.


Stage 3: AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)

Symptoms include:

  • excess and sudden weight loss
  • pneumonia
  • persistent fever leading to night sweats
  • excessive tiredness and fatigue
  • neurological disorders, including depression and loss of memory loss.
  • Continued reassurance of swollen lymph glands in the neck, groin and armpits
  • diarrhoea and sickness
  • sores can occur in the mouth or on the genitals and anus
  • blotches on and under the skin (red, brown, pink)

2003: SARS-CoV

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

SARS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness caused by a different type of coronavirus to COVID-19.

Symptoms include:

  • high fever
  • coughing and
  • shortness of breath

2009: Swine Flu Pandemic

(HINI Virus)

The Swine Flu virus was declared a flu pandemic and affected 208 different countries worldwide.

Symptoms include:

  • respiratory difficulties
  • headaches
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny and blocked nose

2012: MERS or MERS‐CoV

(Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) 

As a severe respiratory illness also identified as a coronavirus Mers first came to light in the Arabian Peninsula.

Symptoms include:

  • high fever
  • breathing difficulties
  • cough
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • pneumonia

2012: Whooping Cough (Pertussis)


Thank goodness Whooping cough is quite rare these days and occur mainly in younger children this infection begins with symptom very much similar to that of the common cold,

Symptoms include:

  • acute coughing bouts
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • red, watery eyes
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • slight temperature

Acute fits of coughing begin around a week later than these initial symptoms.

2014: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

EVD runs its course in two stages, starting; stage 1, known as the dry stage, which eventually progresses onto stage 2, the wet stage.


Dry Stage, symptoms include:

  • fever
  • aches and pains
  • headache
  • muscle aches and pains
  • fatigue and general tiredness
  • stomach pains

Wet Stage, symptoms include:

  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • bleeding, haemorrhaging and brushing

2016: Zika Virus

The Aedes mosquitoes transmit the ZIKV virus, and the symptoms are usually very mild or hardly present at all.

However, becoming infected whilst pregnant usually causes a congenital disability known as microcephaly, along with other severe fetal brain abnormalities.

Symptoms when present can include:

  • itching
  • rash
  • headache
  • joint pain with usually swelling in hands and feet
  • conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • back pain

Forever Evolving: The Influenza Virus (Flu

There are lots of different types of influenza virus, e.g. Spanish flu, Bird flu. 

The flu virus can spread quickly and easily between people and usually go away on its own more often than not.


However, people with underlying health conditions, compromised immune systems, including the elderly, can become gravely ill, resulting in serious complications that can cause death.

Therefore it is essential to note that death does not occur from the influenza virus itself but secondary complications such as secondary bacterial pneumonia.

Symptoms include:

  • fever ( a temperate at or above 38C)
  • headache
  • shivers
  • sore throat
  • coughing and sneezing
  • runny or blocked nose
  • loss of taste and smell
  • loss of appetite
  • aching body and muscles
  • tiredness and lack of energy
  • sickness & diarrhoea

It’s worth noting that catching the flu from a specific flu virus will not give you immunity against another strain.

We Have Survived Many Pandemics Before

It is also important to remember that we are a resilient species that have managed to live through all the above viruses, survived (not all, but most) and lived to tell the tale.

You are a resilient being, naturally and powerfully armed with your inbuilt defence mechanisms, Your Immune System and your Brain.


It is also important to point out that flu season comes around every year between October and March.

There is Always Pressure on Health Services & A Shortage of Intensive Care Beds Every Flu Season

Every year since the Swine Flu Pandemic in 2009, the Britain National Health Service, in particular, has been reported as being in some form of crisis, underfunded, under extreme pressure with a lack of beds and qualified staff.

At some time or another, they advised and requested hospitals to either cancel, reschedule, and not book any non-emergency operations during certain months of the flu season.

Such planning makes sure that intensive care beds, regular beds, wards, staff and services are available in anticipation of the inevitable influx of patients with flu-related emergencies and illnesses.

It appears that every year the health services struggle in their duty to cope with the numbers of patients and all the different strains of Influenza.


As with most viruses, people with any underlying health conditions, the elderly or anyone at any age with any disease leading to a compromised immune system will find themselves more vulnerable and more susceptible to serious health complications arising from any strain of the flu virus. 

Media Coverage Often Stokes Fear & Anxiety

News headlines that include the words’ crisis, under pressure, shortage of beds, emergency, pandemic, death are not new. They have been used repeatedly in the US and the UK every winter for many years.

These alarmist words’ have been used, again and again, every year. They sow fear, misunderstanding and miss information as the entire story never really gets told.


I decided to write this post to dispel some of the fear people may be feeling right now with COVID-19, the masks, social, distancing, job losses, evictions, businesses closed.

Fear is not a friend of health; it fosters anxiety, stress and depression symptoms that can lead to more serious mental illness and physical illness and disease.

Take Good Care of You

I cannot stress enough how important it is, more so now than ever (2021), that you look after your whole self, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Improved mental health and emotional well-being are essential because it also helps prevent, recover from and fight illness and disease.

Taking the very best care of your immune system, ensuring good nutrition and providing it with all the essential vitamins and minerals it requires is vital for all the above reasons.

Healthy relationships, exercise, keeping hydrated, and plenty of fresh air are other essential factors that also need considering.

Taking all the above things into consideration is the approach needed for your overall health and ensuring that your immune system can efficiently and effectively fight infection and disease.

*Please note the information in this post is intended for the purpose of general information only and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals & that I may get a commission for purchases made through links in this post.

2 thoughts on “Beside COVID-19 What Other Viruses Have There Been?

  1. Lee says:

    Learning about some new viruses with this article!

    Just goes to show that it has always been extremely important to know the health benefits of things like vitamins and researching themselves to get information on what they can do to stay healthy in a natural, trustworthy way –

    Thanks for such helpful information once again!! 🙂

    1. Mitch says:

      Hi Lee ??‍♀️

      You are so right its amazing how limited my knowledge and understanding of vitamin and minerals was until I really started to take a good look at what they all were and how important they are to our health.

      Same with our immune systems its a pity we are not taught more about this extremely important asset in our procession at all times.

      Keep a look at for more posts, thanks for the visit and look forward to seeing you again.

      Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong

      Mitch X:-).


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