When the Coronavirus, officially named as COVID-19, emerged in early 2020, the information available on the internet, particularly in the social media platforms, was causing people to overreact and panic instead of being prepared and shield themselves from it.
If you are among those who are still clueless on what to do should there be an announcement that a virus has spread to your area or worst, a lockdown is implemented at your place, then you ought to read “How Prepared Are You When A Lockdown Becomes A Must?” to be guided accordingly.
Let’s face it, when we panic we tend to lose our focus. We miss all the details that need to be considered, and unfortunately, may forget important things. This will cause more chaos in the future.
Understanding the issue should be the primary concern. Know your enemy, as they say. Only then will you know all the threats so you may start working on how to prevent it from happening.
The big question now is, between an epidemic and a pandemic, which of the two should we be more afraid of?
What is an Epidemic?
It is the sudden increase in the number of cases of a particular disease. It should be more than what’s expected in a specific area.
An example of an epidemic is the emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 causing death to around 800 people around the world.
What is Pandemic?
It is an epidemic that has unfortunately affected a large number of people and has spread over countries or continents.
A global disease outbreak, pandemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS or different types of influenza that had taken the lives of millions of people.
Having a clearer understanding of the difference between the epidemic and pandemic, we can now see that the latter is the more serious threat here.
A pandemic outbreak can cause economic and social disruption. This is due to high rates of illnesses and worker absenteeism, especially if it affects the key services such as those in line with transportation, communication, or power.
For a more thorough discussion on the pandemic outbreak, you may want to read this article, When A Global Pandemic is Right Around the Corner.
Instead of panicking, try preparing.
In the event that things get beyond our control, the only thing that can save us is if we have foreseen the possibility of that worst-case scenario, and thus, have prepared for it.
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Also, here are reading options related to the topic that you may want to read or listen for better understanding of epidemic and pandemic
- Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction by Oxford University Press
- Pandemic: The Demo Anthology of Epidemic
- Epidemics and Pandemics: Their Impacts on Human History
- The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
- Little Book of Pandemics: 50 of the World’s Most Virulent Plagues and Infectious Diseases