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What's the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic?



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Epidemic vs. pandemic

What is the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic?

The difference between an epidemic and a pandemic has to do primarily with scale.

What is an epidemic?

An epidemic is an occurrence of disease that is temporarily of high prevalence and that is confined to one region or one part of the world, such as a single country.

What is a pandemic?

A pandemic can be defined as an outbreak of infectious disease that occurs over a wide geographical area and that is of high prevalence, generally affecting a significant proportion of the world’s population, usually over the course of several months.

A pandemic arises from an epidemic.
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