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    order of area coverage

    Am I right about the order of area coverage of the following words?
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    1. pandemic
    2. epidemic
    3. endemic

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    Re: order of area coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Am I right about the order of area coverage of the following words?
    (the widest first)
    1. pandemic
    2. epidemic
    3. endemic

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    I beleive you are right as pandemic is a disease which can spread over the whole world whereas epidemic refers to a large number of cases in a particular community. Endemic is regualarly found in a particular place or group. So the range of coverage in ascending or descending order is right although I believe there are other diffrences which cannot be put on a scale.
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    Re: order of area coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    ... pandemic is a disease which can spread over the whole world whereas epidemic refers to a large number of cases in a particular community. Endemic is regualarly found in a particular place or group. So the range of coverage in ascending or descending order is right although I believe there are other diffrences which cannot be put on a scale.
    A pandemic does not necessarily spread over the whole world. It may just be over a continent, or even a country. As you say, "epidemic refers to a large number of cases in a particular community".

    Both of these can be used as adjectives, but are more commonly used as nouns. Endemic is used only as an adjective, with the meaning of 'frequently/normally found, and hard to eradicate'.

    Pandemics and epidemics may be of relatively short duration. A disease that is endemic may be considered to be a permanent feature.

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    Re: order of area coverage

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    A pandemic does not necessarily spread over the whole world. It may just be over a continent, or even a country. As you say, "epidemic refers to a large number of cases in a particular community".

    Both of these can be used as adjectives, but are more commonly used as nouns. Endemic is used only as an adjective, with the meaning of 'frequently/normally found, and hard to eradicate'.

    Pandemics and epidemics may be of relatively short duration. A disease that is endemic may be considered to be a permanent feature.
    Yes, I belive the time scale (duration) of these words is not possible but the poster referred to the the order of the area coverage (place) of these words. Interestingly although place / time order can diverge they often merge to one factor as with adjectives and nouns.

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