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The Black Death had arrived and within three years it would wipe out half of the population. Bettany Hughes, Seven Ages of Britain 1066 A.D.–1350 A.D., Channel 4 2010
When the Plague arrived in Britain one chronicler described it as, ‘Death coming into our midst like a black smoke. A rootless phantom of no mercy.’ Bettany Hughes, Seven Ages of Britain: The Sixth Age: 1350 A.D.–1530 A.D.
The ravages of the Black Death had almost halved the male labour force. ibid.
It travelled about a mile a day and by winter had infected the whole of the south. Michael Wood, The Great British Story: A People’s History 4/8: The Great Rising, BBC 2012
With the tenants dead who would plough the Lord’s land? ibid.
At least half the population of Britain died. ibid.
In early 1348 a plague known as the Black Death swept across France killing one third of the population. In August it jumped across the Channel. Dan Jones, Britain’s War of Thrones: The Hundred Years War I, History 2018
The Enterprise is in the grip of a raging epidemic. Star Trek s3e19: Requiem for Methuselah
It looks like we’ve got an epidemic on our hands. Star Trek: Voyager s5e18: Oblivion, Doctor to Tom
Every few hundred years we’re faced with a new epidemic that is catastrophic. Neil Ferguson, epidemiologist
In 1918 Influenza spread around the world in three dreadful waves ... It was the worst epidemic in the world’s history, more lethal even than the Black Death ... As it spread around the world, the three-day flu got a more exotic name: Spanish Flu. Neil Ferguson
The people in power have created an obesity epidemic. Robert Atkins
A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic. George Bernard Shaw
A hundred years ago a mysterious new epidemic took hold in Britain and America. There was no vaccine to prevent it and no cure. It was every bit as terrifying as the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s except the victims of this cruel plague were mainly children, and its symbol was a calliper. Stephanie Flanders, The Battle to Beat Polio, BBC 2014
The battle to beat Polio tested medical science, particularly here and in America, to the limit. ibid.
The formaldehyde he [Brodie] used hadn’t killed all the virus in his vaccine [Coleman & Brodie]. ibid.
Some patients spent fifty years in this horizontal prison [iron lung]. ibid.
Roosevelt ... founded the March of Dimes, a Polio charity that would lead the fight on every phase of the sickness. ibid.
A number of children in the west and south-west of America had started to get Polio from the vaccine itself. ibid.
The obesity epidemic is ... bullshit! Penn & Teller, Bullshit s5e1: Obesity, Showtime 2007
Mainstream media love words like epidemic. ibid.
SARS – the ride in the Metropol Hotel’s elevator will launch a worldwide epidemic, one that randomly strikes its victims ... Viruses have been killing humans ever since the existence of mankind, even though we’ve only been able to see them since the creation of the electron microscope, a device that makes the invisible visible ... In the 20th century alone, more people died from viral infections than from all the wars around the globe. The Virus Empire: Silent Killers, 2008
Tonight: Britain’s first death linked to Coronavirus. Are we now on the verge of a mass epidemic? The PM says Britain will cope; medics say we shouldn’t panic. But some are preparing for the worst. Will rises cost him jobs and the economy? And, what do we need to know? Tonight: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know, ITV March 2020
We have I think a horrible epidemic. Under Our Skin: The Untold Story of Lyme Disease, Youtube 2008
Pain. Pain. Pain. Relentless pain. ibid. sufferer
There is evidence that Lyme disease has been around for a long time but here in the United States it was the early 1970s when a Connecticut mum looked around her neighbourhood and noticed that something was not quite right. ibid.
Lyme disease is caused by bacteria … The most common form of transmission is through the bite of several species of tick. ibid.
The actual [US] number may be over 200,000 making Lyme more prevalent than AIDS. ibid.
They said I needed to see a psychiatrist. ibid. typical medical reaction to sufferer
This is the height of the season for baseball, summer vacations and Lyme disease. The disease is now being reported in almost every state and it’s reached epidemic levels in some parts of the north-east. ibid. news 1989
In September 1918, 40,000 soldiers were admitted to army hospitals oversees with flu. Then the disease started cropping up on the home front … By 2 October the epidemic was running wild. The Great War III, PBS 2017
‘There’s too much money to be made.’ Our World: America’s Opioid Crisis, critic, BBC 2019
‘When they first entered life, your first breath of air came along with withdrawal symptoms.’ ibid. addict
‘There is no other medication that kills so many people as opioids.’ ibid. critic
One in eight children in America live with a parent who suffers from a substance use disorder. And they all have secrets they need to share. ibid.
Every eleven minutes someone dies of a heart attack. ibid.
America’s greatest health crisis. 80% of heroin users started their path to addiction on prescription painkillers. And now pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for igniting this epidemic. ibid.
It was in the 1990s that this opioid epidemic began. ibid.
It was Purdue Pharma, with their painkiller Oxycontin, that revolutionised how they were marketed. ibid.
Perdue Pharma has earned more than $35 billion from Oxycontin sales. The company is wholly owned by the Sacklers. In 2016 the family’s net worth was $13 billion. ibid.
I do it became I remember that this didn’t exist before. So, my kids, we gladly bring these to all of you. The Trade s1e1, gangsta with toys, Showtime 2020
I’ve never seen this kind of epidemic before. We’re seeing folks that are struggling across the border in Mexico who would love to have that American dream, and they see what the drug trade has to offer – thousands of dollars a day, and that thirst takes over. ibid. border officer
31/32,000 vehicles a day that come into the United States – and quite frankly they can’t screen every vehicle. ibid.
There’s two kids in the back of the car. ibid. local rozzer stops vehicle with dope
I never thought that I would be like this – a junkie. When I was younger I was just hanging out with friends, skateboarding, you know just a normal suburban life. When I first started using, it was pain pills you know on a weekend – kind of like a party thing … a neighbour of mine was using heroin … I may as well try it out: I was seventeen … ibid. addict with distressed withdrawing partner
We have lost trust in the government so we fend for ourselves. We are always alert because the price of poppies keeps rising. ibid. Mexican gangsta
I’d like to see my children grow up without weapons, without hitmen killing family upon family. ibid.
Oh, my God there’s stuff coming out of her mouth, coming out of her nose! The Trade s1e2, distressed father’s 911 call
Ashleigh’s case is my first fatal case and it weighs on you. It’s important that I find out who gave Ashleigh the heroin that killed her so I can bring them in before they kill someone else. ibid. rozzer
I would love it if it was all calm and we could live in peace. ibid. Mexican gangsta