Difference Between Epidemic and Pandemic

Main Difference

Epidemics and Pandemic relates to the spread of disease. Epidemics is the outbreak of the disease in a community may be during a season in which a lot of people of the community got that disease. Pandemic is also the outbreak of a disease that is spread globally. Both are derived from the Greek words.

What is Epidemic?

Epidemics is the outbreak of the disease in a community may be during a season in which a lot of people of the community got that disease. It occurs with the infectious disease which spreads like the fire in the forest. It may be within a community, with in a country, with in a continent or among different countries. In 2003 SARS, a name of disease took lives of about 800 people in the world so is called epidemics.

What is Pandemic?

Pandemic is also the outbreak of a disease that is spread globally. This belongs to the infectious viral diseases that are spread globally in each and every place in the world. AIDS is an example of pandemic that has taken many lives globally.

Key Differences

  1. Epidemics is the outbreak of the disease in a community while pandemic is the outbreak of the disease globally.
  2. SARS was an epidemic while AIDS was an pandemic.
  3. Pandemic disease has the same origin or source where so ever it gets spread while the same disease is spreading with different sources in each country, it refers to epidemic.
  4. Epidemic when extends to greater level becomes pandemic.
  5. If a disease takes a very heavy amount of affected people with in a region, it may be refereed to pandemic due to its great extend of destruction or life losses.

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