WHO declares Corona Virus as GLOBAL PANDEMIC
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Corona Virus as Global Pandemic as it is rapidly spreading across the world. Today there are more than 126,369 people infected with COVID-19 virus. The virus has so far killed 4,634 people.
What is Pandemic?
The United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention defines pandemic as epidemic spread over several countries affecting large number of people. On the other hand, Epidemic is the sudden increase of number of cases of the disease above what is normally expected among the population in that area.
Throughout the history of pandemic diseases, Black Death was the deadliest. It killed more than 75 to 200 million people in the 14th century. The recent pandemics include 2009 Flu pandemic (H1N1) and 1918 Influenza Pandemic (also known as Spanish Flu).
The H1N1 Influenza was a new strain of virus that affected 11% to 21% of global population. It was first identified in the state of Mexico.
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