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Coronavirus: What is a pandemic?

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom was eager to worry at a media conference in Switzerland on Wednesday using the term to spell out COVID-19 didn’t alter the amount of danger that specialists believed the virus to become.

However, given the rapid spread of this virus in Europe lately – and its spread into 114 states – the definition is not likely to place anybody’s head at ease.

“Pandemos is a theory where there is a belief that the entire planet’s population will probably be exposed to the disease and possibly a proportion of them are going to fall ill.”

The dictionary definition of a pandemic is a disorder that happens within a huge geographical region and impacts a very large percentage of the populace.

Pandemics develop from epidemics, which can be outbreaks of diseases that are restricted to specific regions of the world. By comparison, pandemics propagate to numerous countries around the world.

“Pandemic isn’t a word to use lightly or carelessly,” Adhanom stated Wednesday.

“This is a word which, if misused, may cause irrational fear, or unjustified approval that the struggle is over, resulting in unnecessary death and suffering.”

He was eager to stress that even though the disorder is now referred to as a pandemic, which won’t alter the reaction that states or worldwide health authorities have into the virus.

“Describing the situation for a pandemic doesn’t change WHO’s evaluation of the danger posed by this coronavirus. It does not alter what WHO is doing, and it does not alter what nations have to do,” he explained.

Also, he stated that while the illness had spread to 114 states, over 90 percent of cases had been in only four states and two of these had significantly-declining epidemics.

“81 countries haven’t reported any COVID-19 instances, and 57 nations have reported 10 cases or less. We Can’t say this loudly enough, or obvious enough, or often enough: most states can still alter the course of the outbreak,” he explained

Past pandemics

In the 14th century, the Black Death killed between 30 percent and 60% of Europe’s inhabitants. And in 1918 the flu pandemic – called the Spanish flu, killed around 500 million.