Headlines in the news keep referring to COVID-19 as a “pandemic”. But what does this mean exactly?🤔
To understand this, we need to delve into #epidemiology
, the branch of #medicine
that studies the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases and other health-related events in specific populations📊. In this science, they have three terms to describe diseases: endemic, epidemic and pandemic.
disease is one that is regularly found within a specific region or #population
. It is present constantly in said region and there are no spikes in cases; instead, the number of cases remains at a baseline level.
is the rapid spread of a disease throughout a population in a short period of time and exceeds the number of cases that are expected📈.
Finally, a #pandemic
is an epidemic that has spread over various continents or worldwide🌏.
We are currently living through a pandemic with #COVID
-19. This disease has spread through over 200 countries and territories, infecting more than 1,400,000 people.😲
Humanity has gone through pandemics before. Three of the most famous pandemics🦠 in history are the Black Plague, the Spanish Flu and SARS.
In order to help contain the spread of COVID-19 we must adhere to the #safetyprotocols
that experts👩🏻⚕️👨🏽⚕️ have set for us. By following their guidelines we will all get through this. Stay safe everyone.
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