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What's the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

from The Conversation

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This is a landmark event. As an epidemiologist listening to the steady stream of conversation around the coronavirus, I’m hearing newscasters and neighbors alike mixing up three important words my colleagues and I use in our work every day: outbreak, epidemic and pandemic. Simply put, the difference between these three scenarios of disease spread is a matter of scale. more

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