WATCH — Why is the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic?

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • 2020-03-13 15:08

It means it’s new and it’s spreading around the world

At first the coronavirus was called an outbreak.

Then, on March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it was going to start calling it a pandemic.

What’s a pandemic? A pandemic is a new virus that’s infecting a lot of people.

It can sound scary, but watch the video to find out why the situation may not be as bad as you think:

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Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The Grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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