A pandemic is a disease that infects large amounts of human populations spreading across a vast region, continents or worldwide. New diseases can dramatically inhibit a community’s ability to provide health care, hospital availability and other critical services.
In 2020, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) became a global pandemic. To stay healthy, follow public health guidelines that include physical distancing from others, frequent hand washing and wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Updated information in multiple languages is available at COVID-19.
Past examples of pandemics include tuberculosis, influenza, hepatitis, smallpox, malaria, E. coli, typhus, cholera, HIV and H1N1.