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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.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) decides the classification for the spread of disease.

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