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    pandemic strain

    Hi,

    What does the "pandemic strain" mean?

    Scientists who study viruses say they don't know what a pandemic strain would look like.

    I really don't know what it means this time, can anyone help? Does it mean that scientists don't know how the people would react to this viruses?

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Scientists who study viruses say they don't know what a pandemic strain would look like.

    pandemic = in medicine, an epidemic that infects a population over a very large area, such as an entire country or continent.
    strain = in this context, a variation on an organism that is distinctive but not necessarily a different type or breed of that organism.
    I think the example is saying that scientists don't know how they would identify a version of a virus that might have the potential to infect a population over a very large area.

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I think the example is saying that scientists don't know how they would identify a version of a virus that might have the potential to infect a population over a very large area.
    That's exactly how I would interpret it.

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Thanks a lot, JM.

    According thefreedictionary.com, "strain" means:

    A group of organisms of the same species, having distinctive characteristics but not usually considered a separate breed or variety

    But I still don't understand this sentence.

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Does the "strain" in this context mean that "a type of virus"?

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Does the "strain" in this context mean that "a type of virus"?
    Roughly, but only slightly different. You could think of it as a virus rather than a virus - it looks grossly the same, but there are one or two crucial differences.

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Hello, B. How to understand "You could think of it as a virus rather than a virus"?

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hello, B. How to understand "You could think of it as a virus rather than a virus"?
    Look again. I didn't say that. I could have made the difference more obvious - say '"virus" and "viʁus"' or '"virus" and "virus".

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Look again. I didn't say that. I could have made the difference more obvious - say '"virus" and "viʁus"' or '"virus" and "virus".

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    I might be having a dim day but I, for one, cannot fathom what you mean about "the difference" with "virus". Are you talking about pronunciation? A pun? I only know one spelling and one pronunciation of "virus" regardless of which definition is used.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: pandemic strain

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I might be having a dim day but I, for one, cannot fathom what you mean about "the difference" with "virus". Are you talking about pronunciation? A pun? I only know one spelling and one pronunciation of "virus" regardless of which definition is used.
    I just didn't want to be the first to ask !
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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