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During the time of global emergency, know the difference between endemic, pandemic and outbreak

By Geetika Raleh . 7th March 2020 09:00am
During the time of global emergency, know the difference between endemic, pandemic and outbreak

With the entire world in the hold of deadly coronavirus, it has become very important for the people to be well informed about what is going on around them. Till date, world has seen different types of global diseases manifesting which can literally go a long way. At a very basic level, epidemic is defined as an extensive occurrence of an infectious problem in the society at a particular time.

Considering this, here are some terms which you should be well aware about during this global emergency.

Pandemic

Pandemic is referred to global epidemic which has spread to different countries and continents, thus affecting a lot of people. In simpler terms, it means that the disease has spread to various countries all around the world.


Endemic

This word means that a diseases or a specific condition has been constantly found in a specific geographical area. Endemic refers to viruses, bacteria and other pathogens which exist in a place perpetually. A small example of endemic can be chickenpox which happens to the youngsters at a predictable age, during their school days to be a little more certain.

Outbreak


This word means a sudden outbreak of a disease where the total number of people suffering from the problem exceeds the expected number. However, these problems don’t generally spread around the world. To exemplify this, someone travelling while also suffering with dengue at the same time where it is not endemic and it would only mean that the infected person is the carrier of that disease.