Before you panic: Here’s what a flu ‘pandemic’ REALLY means

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

DALLAS -- You can say the flu season is getting really scary, really fast around here. There's already been a reported twenty three flu-related deaths in Dallas county alone with 12 in the last five days!

A word we're beginning to hear more of is"pandemic."

But, what exactly does "pandemic" mean and will this flu season reach pandemic levels?

Before you panic: Let's break down the difference between a pandemic, endemic and epidemic!

A pandemic is the world wide spread of a new infectious disease such as the "swine flu pandemic." Back in 2009 it took out over 14,000 people world wide.

During an epidemic, a disease will spread among a large number of people in two weeks or less. A good example of that is the 2013 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

When you hear endemic, think chicken-pox because this particular outbreak occurs at a predictable rate but never really disappears.

30 Second Downloads

UTA food pantry needs items to help college students throughout the summer

Thumbnail for the video titled "UTA food pantry needs items to help college students throughout the summer"

Gas prices are creeping up, but some analysts say they'll remain low

Thumbnail for the video titled "Gas prices are creeping up, but some analysts say they'll remain low"

Wylie Mayor under fire for saying women can't lead prayer in public

Thumbnail for the video titled "Wylie Mayor under fire for saying women can't lead prayer in public"

Don't Miss

Popular

Latest News

More News