With the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, many people are wondering if it may soon be classified a pandemic…
What’s the difference between a disease outbreak and a pandemic?
An outbreak is a sudden increase in disease occurrence at a particular time or place. It is localised and affects a community.
A pandemic is when a disease outbreak reaches global proportions and is able to spread rapidly. A pandemic is a global health emergency.
An example of a pandemic is the 1968 Flu Pandemic that began in Hong Kong before spreading globally, killing one million people.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) decides the classification for the spread of disease.
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