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Understand where we fall on this timeline and how the WHO (The World Health Organization) determines a pandemic. In accordance with the latest WHO guidelines on the Stages of a Flu Pandemic.
- Phase 1 is the period during which no animal viruses are reported to cause infection in humans.
- Phase 2 is the first level of threat wherein a virus is confirmed to have jumped from an animal to humans.
- Phase 3 is when sporadic cases or small clusters of disease are confirmed, but human-to-human transmission has either not occurred or is considered unlikely to sustain an outbreak.
- Phase 4 is the point where either human-to-human transmission or a human-animal virus has caused a community-wide outbreak.
- Phase 5 is when human-to-human transmission of the virus has caused the spread of disease to at least two countries.
- Phase 6 is the point at which the disease is declared a pandemic having spread to at least one other country.
Understanding the multiple meanings, usages, and differences between epidemic and pandemic can be important.
- Epidemic refers to a sudden increase in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected.
- Outbreak carries the same definition as an epidemic but is often used to describe a more limited geographic event.
- Pandemic refers to an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.
Epidemiologists are cautious about how they describe a disease event so that it is placed in the appropriate context. While epidemic suggests a disease that is out of control, events described as clusters infer an isolated event of lesser concern.
It is equally important to note that as of the date of this publication, February 2, 2020 (02/02/2020), we are on the brink of entering Phase 6 of the WHO’s “Stages of a Flu Pandemic”. When declared, the Coronavirus will be the fastest to achieve the final known stage of “pandemic” status in all human history.
Stay safe out there.