Thoughtful essays, short stories, or poems on philosophical issues related to science, medical practice, and human health. Topics may include science and the human condition, the unanticipated side of epidemic investigations, or how people perceive and cope with infections and illness.
As of October 2022, a total of 675 natural outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 infection have occurred in animal species worldwide. Here, we provide a linguistic and etymologic critique of the term “pandemic” being used to describe the COVID-19 health crisis, as opposed to the term “panzootic,” and discuss policy ramifications of more inclusive terminology.
Agnelli S, Capua I. Pandemic or Panzootic—A Reflection on Terminology for SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Emerg Infect Dis. 2022;28(12):2552-2555. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2812.220819
Agnelli S, Capua I. Pandemic or Panzootic—A Reflection on Terminology for SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2022;28(12):2552-2555. doi:10.3201/eid2812.220819.
Agnelli, S., & Capua, I. (2022). Pandemic or Panzootic—A Reflection on Terminology for SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 28(12), 2552-2555. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2812.220819.
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