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A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of individuals. Pandemics often create social disruption, economic loss, and general hardship, as they tend to be caused by a new virus or a strain of virus that is extremely infectious.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when in public.

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces.

  • Stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of disease.

  • Follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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