Q:

Is the coronavirus considered a pandemic?

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Sandra Norman
The Senate
03 Mar 2020

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  • 09 Mar 2020
  • No

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    Not yet, although the WHO believes (as at 9 March 2020) that it will become one.

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    Adrian Smith
    The Senate

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  • 03 Mar 2020
  • Yes

    Simple

    not yet was my original answer but I think it is now

    “ In the most classical sense, once an epidemic spreads to multiple countries or regions of the world, it is considered a pandemic. However, some epidemiologists classify a situation as a pandemic only once the disease is sustained in some of the newly affected regions through local transmission.”

    See the Marketwatch Opinion: When does a coronavirus epidemic become a pandemic?
    By Rebecca S.B. Fischer

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    Rachel Amos
    The Senate

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