This documentary will explore the impact on our planet of viral diseases across the ages. We learn that like all pandemics, COVID-19 was sparked by human interactions with the animal world.

New World

At the end of the 15th century, European explorers set off across the seas on journeys of exploration which became known as the Age of Discovery. They took with them European diseases such as Smallpox and Influenza. While the Europeans had developed some immunity to these diseases, the civilizations they encountered had none. In Latin America, the Aztec, Maya and Inca  were devastated. Two hundred years later the indigenous people North America and the Pacific, including the Australian Aborigines suffered a similar fate, while in Europe, Plague returned taking the lives of hundreds of thousands in major cities including Amsterdam and London.

Places Mentioned - Antarctica

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