What is a Pandemic: A pandemic, Greek word meaning “All People”, is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region- “A Global Outbreak”. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pandemics start with the virus mostly infecting animals. The virus then travels to humans, then the stage where the virus quickly begins spreading from human to human. It is common for infections to occur from the new virus as it begins to spread worldwide. A pandemic is not a disease or condition...it must be INFECTIOUS and Widespread to be considered a pandemic. Popular pandemics of the past include such viruses as smallpox, the Spanish Flu and tuberculosis. Current day pandemics would include HIV and the H1N1 viruses and the Ebola Virus.
Location: Pandemics are a global emergency situation, that usually will begin in a singular location “Ground Zero or Patient Zero”
Duration: Mortality rates are massive and Pandemic durations may last for years (HIV Pandemic began in 1969 and is expected to kill 90-100 million individuals in Africa by the year 2025.
Caveat: Pandemics can be tracked and preparedness can be readied with ample awareness. There is no preparing once the pandemic has reached your location, the damage is already done. Begin planning for a Pandemic before the crisis exists! Biological warfare is another cause for pandemic implementation (See 1346 Mongol V.S. Kaffa, Black Death in Europe,1937 Sino-Japanese War carried by infected fleas, 1979 Soviet city of Sverdlovsk anthrax leak- “biological Chernobyl”.) Avoid Hospitals if pandemic has reached the major population stream (they will be overflowing with infected people and they do not have the facility, staff nor materials to treat,prevent and cure a pandemic situation).