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[–]FreedomUltd 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yep. Seasonal epidemics are not usually called pandemics. But they meet the definition.

It's a problematic term, in that it suggests different things to different people, even among medical professionals. Airborne is another example. Terms like this don't usually cause problems among scientists. Part of that is surely that they know the limitations of these terms.

Occasionally something happens that causes the meaning of these terms to be discussed again. For whatever reason, they don't ever seem to be "disambiguated".

Possibly because they've never caused a huge problem in the past. I'm not aware of any previous pandemic of people so certain that they know what they're talking about and at the same time so ignorant.