Christian Broadcasting Network | What Is a Pandemic and What Can We Expect?

March 17, 2020

The volume of information regarding COVID-19 released in the past week is overwhelming.

The initial, simple message has increased in complexity with new tallies daily on how many are infected and what actions governments, educational institutions, hospitals, and businesses are taking to help control the spread of the infection.

With no medications or vaccines currently available, the focus remains on personal hygiene, COVID-19 testing and public health strategies.

But really…what is a “pandemic” and what can we expect over the upcoming weeks as the world responds to this infection?

A pandemic is defined when an infection has “efficient and sustained human to human transmission worldwide.” Some recent prior pandemics have included HIV/AIDS 2005, Hong Kong Flu pandemic 1968, and the Asian flu pandemic of 1956.

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