Thursday, March 29, 2018

The meaning of pandemics

Pandemics are epidemics on a much larger scale. The term pandemic describes an epidemic with wide international geographical reach. Pandemics typically include a large number of cases. It affects a very high proportion of the global population.

In the World Health Organization (WHO) definition, the microbial agent that causes a pandemic must be a new one, never before found in human beings, and spread easily and comfortably among humans.

Although often used to describe widespread outbreaks of infectious disease, the term pandemic has also been used to report high rates of chronic illness.

Infectious diseases have decimated empires, determined the outcome of wars, and shaped the fate of humanity since ancient times, and they remain, to this day, a major medical and socioeconomic challenge, responsible for over 25% of the annual mortality worldwide.

Obesity, a chronic illness in North America, has been called a pandemic. The H1N1 influenza virus, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) are examples of pandemics of infections viruses.
The meaning of pandemics
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