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pandemic

(of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic

Pandemic

 

an epidemic marked by the spread of an infectious disease over an entire country, to neighboring countries, and sometimes to many other countries as well. Among diseases that may be pandemic are cholera and influenza.

pandemic

[pan′dem·ik]
(medicine)
Epidemic occurring over a widespread geographic area.
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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 were 0.
myCOOP Business Continuity Software Combines Pandemic Planning with Incident Command for Complete Pandemic Management
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 hit.
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.