• Alysa Salzberg

Is coronavirus an epidemic or a pandemic?

It can be hard to talk about coronavirus, on many levels. On the lighter yet still inconvenient side of things, one little classification may leave you scratching your head: Is coronavirus considered an epidemic or a pandemic?


Luckily, a handy article clearly explains the two terms and how they’re related. Essentially, a pandemic is a worldwide epidemic.


It would seem, then, that as of this writing (but hopefully not for long), coronavirus is a pandemic, since it’s present in countries around the world and has impacted international institutions.


However, it was still an epidemic when the article was written in late February, making the piece another staggering testament to how so much has changed in such a short time.


Read on to learn more about categorizing diseases like coronavirus.




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