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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
The Difference between a Pandemic and an Epidemic
Friday March 20th 2020
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What is the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic? — Laura, Kuwait
Answer

Both pandemic and epidemic refer to an occurrence in which a disease spreads quickly and affects a lot of people.

 

An epidemic is an occurrence of a rapidly spreading disease that affects many people. A pandemic, in comparison, is an occurrence of a rapidly spreading disease that affects a large proportion of the population and has spread to many different geographic regions.

 

A pandemic is a very bad epidemic.

 

There is no set point at which an epidemic is officially called a pandemic, and so sometimes an outbreak of a disease is called both.

 

I hope this helps.

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