I turn on the news, or turn on our DAB digital radio – and all i hear about is pig flu! Im not really bothered about it to be honest, its a flu bug that affects people who have had sex with pigs – and since im no swine-ger (haha see what i did there?) im not at all bothered!
Anyway, i kept hearing about this “pandemic” and i wondered what the difference was between an Epidemic and a Pandemic? Someone told me that an epidemic was localised and a pandemic was global. But then im sure i had heard people referring to a global epidemic?
So what’s the difference?
Well the topic came up over dinner at my mums, and none of us knew the difference.
I received an email off Mum with the follwing in so i thought i would share with you;
- Epidemic – Disease prevalent among a community at special time.
- Pandemic – Disease prevalent over the whole of a community or over ther world.
What the fudge?
So basically an Epidemic is when a disease spreads through a community, and a Pandemic is when a whole community is diseased.