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What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

It’s a matter of scale. Edward A. "Doc" Rogers/Library of Congress via AP

It’s a matter of scale. Edward A. “Doc” Rogers/Library of Congress via AP Rebecca S.B. Fischer, Texas A&M University The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This is a landmark event. As an epidemiologist listening to the steady stream of conversation around the coronavirus, I’m hearing newscasters and neighbors alike mixing up three important words my colleagues and …

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Coronavirus: wastewater can tell us where the next outbreak will be

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Daniel Jedzura/Shutterstock Davey Jones, Bangor University Fairly early in the COVID-19 outbreak, scientists discovered that the virus that causes the disease – SARS-CoV-2 – is shed in faeces. But unlike the virus found in mucus and spit, the bits of virus found in faecal matter are no longer infectious, having lost their protective outer layer. They are merely bits of …

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