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Plagues, epidemics and pandemics have ransacked humanity multiple times throughout history having a huge impact on civilisations.
An epidemic can occur at any time, there’s no way to predict when one can hit and if the epidemic spreads around the world beyond expectations it can quickly turn into a pandemic.
So, what is a pandemic and how can you stay safe if one is declared?
A pandemic is a global outbreak of a disease or virus. A pandemic is usually classed as an epidemic first but when it spreads across a large region, such as multiple continents or worldwide it then escalates to a pandemic.
There have been many pandemics throughout history with the most recent one being the COVID-19 which was declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the 12th March 2020.
The WHO ultimately decides when to officially declare a disease outbreak a pandemic. There is no specific number of deaths, cases or infected countries that decides the classification.
The WHO has to carefully monitor and assess the situation to decide when to make the declaration as often it can trigger global panic which isn’t the organisation’s aim. They also need to ensure governments and health systems are prepared to cope with the repercussions.
The problems and impacts of a pandemic can often be underestimated and can have an effect on the lives of everyone even those not infected by the disease.
Pandemics can cause:
It’s important to know how to protect yourself and your loved ones should a pandemic be declared.
Before a pandemic you should:
During a pandemic, you should limit the spread of germs and prevent infection by:
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