At the time, there had only been roughly a dozen pandemics
since the 1700s, including three pandemics
that occurred during the 20th century.
WHO, for example, for years defined pandemics
as outbreaks causing "enormous numbers of deaths and illness", but in early May, removed this phrase from the definition.
By comparison, mortality rates during the 1957 and 1968 pandemics
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50,000: Lowest estimated number of deaths in the UK in the case of a pandemic
750,000: Highest estimated number of deaths in a pandemic
6: Average days' stay in hospital for non-critical patients 10: Average days' stay in hospital for critical patients 2: The highest percentage UK fatality rate in previous pandemics
The last 2 pandemics
occurred in 1957 and 1968; a pandemic
was predicted in 1976, but never materialized.
4) suggests nursing homes in two states are woefully unprepared to assist with overflow patients from hospitals should a flu pandemic
The most vulnerable have varied in different pandemics
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in cooperation with departments and agencies across the federal government, have launched two new efforts designed to improve state, local, and community preparedness for an influenza pandemic
The longest gap between two pandemics
was 39 years.
The same thing could be said for a lot of other viral strains that could turn into pandemics
One example of how pandemics
are different from other emergencies is, according to Gonnella, "With a pandemic
, you don't want to reward people for coming to work.