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A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease.
originally posted by: dug88
a reply to: bastion
No, pandemic had an actual definition before different to.the way it's being used now. It was conveniently changed last year.
the WHO changed the definition of an
influenza pandemic by excluding reference to the words "with enormous
numbers of deaths and illness."
second change was to drop the requirement for a new sub-type with a simple
reassortant virus meaning that many seasonal flu viruses could be
classified as pandemic influenza.
originally posted by: Blue_Jay33
A real pandemic would have seen the death rate go over 10%,
I guess we need to define the difference between a killer Pandemic and a Pandemic that has people getting sick but not dying off like they got Ebola.
We used to have local epidemics of chicken pox when I was growing up. If one kid got it, everybody in the class and all their friends and family got it, we all suffered together at once and we were done. Then a few years later the same thing happened with the next generation and so on. Nobody died, just left few scars on people.