In 1914 the world went to war. By the end of 1918 twenty-million people had been killed. In that same year, 1918, the Spanish Flu pandemic broke out. It killed 20-million to 50-million people, which included mostly young, healthy people.
Then came the roaring 1920’s and people felt good for awhile. That is until the Great Depression began, putting 15% to 25% of people out of work for years. And what was it that ended the Great Depression? World War II, which caused the deaths of 50-million to 80-million people between 1939 and 1945.
So from 1914 to 1945 most of the world was living through one major disaster after another. Those were hard times, but the world got through it, and later prospered like never before. COVID-19 is a problem, but compared to past events, it’s minor.