Epidemic and Pandemic: Which One is the Coronavirus?

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Health experts say the new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV or COVID-19, could become a pandemic, a term that often reminds people of the 1918 flu pandemic which killed tens of millions of people. People may think pandemic as a catastrophe, but by definition, a pandemic doesn’t require that scale of destruction.



Epidemic and pandemic


An epidemic is defined as “a widespread occurrence of a disease in a community at a particular time.”


A pandemic is an outbreak of global proportions. It happens when a bacterium or novel virus becomes capable of spreading rapidly.


The key to epidemic is “occurrence.” An epidemic is an event in which a disease is actively spreading. In contrast, the term pandemic related to geographic spread and is used to describe a disease that affects a whole country or the entire world.






Pandemics are usually caused by a novel infectious agent, an infectious agent that is newly capable of spreading rapidly, or both.


The death toll in a pandemic is generally higher than that in an epidemic.


A pandemic spreads beyond national borders, possibly worldwide, while an epidemic is specific to one city, region, or country.



Will the coronavirus become a pandemic? There are some indications that it may, but experts can’t say for sure. “Given the nature of how easily it’s spreading in China, I would not be surprised if it evolved into a pandemic,” said a medical expert.


And, should you worry about a coronavirus pandemic? Well, instead of worrying, educate yourself, suggests experts. US health officials are taking coordinated and forceful steps, and they seem to be working.



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how can i know hete in united states if aruba has coronavirus on the island?! coming back in sept for 2 weeks
The coronavirus wont survive that long I think maybe it will be wiped out in May or June
I don’t think you are right I think a year or more before things start to be normal again what we think is norp