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Some news sites are saying the flu is endemic but new covid-19 is pandemic, so what is the difference between endemic and pandemic?

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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Endemic-prevalence of the disease / infection in a particular region. Epidemic-Incidence of disease/infection in a particular community/country Pandemic-Incidence of the same infection in different parts of world/different countries/continents.

Answered Feb 14, 2020

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

The basics: endemic is a label used to describe a disease localized to one region some consider flu endemic since cases increase in local areas in particular seasons. ( flu is actually passed worldwide)Pandemic is a label used to describe a disease that spreads globally at the same time.

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