"Human health is connected to animal and environmental health. As our population grows, we interact with animals and the environment in new ways that can cause disease outbreaks and epidemics. Our world is connected more than ever before—by global travel and trade, by technology, and even by infectious diseases."
(Intro) "The novel coronavirus pandemic is the perfect model for understanding what exactly a pandemic is and how it impacts life on a global scale. Since the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020, the public has been bombarded with new language to understand the virus and the subsequent global public health response. This article will uncover the factors that make a pandemic and how it differs from epidemics and when a disease is endemic."