What is going on?
- The World Health Organization told the Deseret News that the coronavirus isn’t a pandemic yet but it could become one in the near future. The world may not be prepared to deal with a pandemic.
- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, told the Deseret News: “For the moment, we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus and we are not witnessing large-scale severe disease or deaths. Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely it has.”
What is the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic?
The two terms have different definitions.
- Pandemic is a worldwide spread of a new disease, according to the World Health Organization.
- Epidemic is when there’s a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a specific time.
- The easiest way to explain the difference is that an epidemic is a large outbreak that spread throughout a region. A pandemic spreads throughout the entire world on a global scale, impacting millions of people at once, according to The Associated Press. Usually, the WHO looks at outbreak that occur commonly across the world.