It is the global version of an outbreak or epidemic. This means it has spread across a wider geographic range than an epidemic, and which has affected a significant portion of the population.
Regarding COVID-19, it was classified by WHO as a 'pandemic' on March 11, 2020 as it had a sudden surge of cases/deaths due to the virus and it has spread to already 114 countries during that time.
WHO has been very careful and measured about calling COVID-19 a pandemic since it is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.
But, it is clear that everyone should be aware of COVID-19, and that WHO was right in calling this a pandemic.
If you read my posts on the topic of the coronavirus so far… and I mean all of them, not just cherry picking them… I think you will find that I have attempted consistently to apportion my viewpoint to the actual facts on the ground and have, in the main, pretty well correctly described what was happening and what would happen. However, my relative ‘optimism’ is not accounted for merely by reference to the fact pattern associated with COVID-19. There are reasons besides, as well, which I’d like to share with you in this post.
In the first place, there … continue reading...