(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) In Depth: Is Coronavirus a Pandemic?

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) In Depth: Is Coronavirus a Pandemic?

Topic: Is Coronavirus a Pandemic?

Topic Description:

The coronavirus outbreak that began late last year in China has now spread to 29 countries, touching every continent except South America and Antarctica.

While most of these cases are still in China, the virus is gaining a foothold in other countries, raising fears that the world is on the brink of a pandemic.

But what does a pandemic mean, and who decides that this is one?

All pandemics start with an outbreak of a new disease in a specific geographic location.

If that outbreak becomes larger, but still remains confined to a specific region, it becomes an epidemic.

At that point, the WHO may declare a public health emergency of international concern to raise awareness about it. But once a disease spreads globally, with multiple epidemics across different continents, it truly becomes a pandemic.

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Courtesy: RSTV