Pandemic sounds really bad doesn't it? Sounds like a mash-up of the words panic, pandemonium and epidemic. And epidemic sounds bad enough on its own.
The WHO (World Health Organization, not to Roger Daltrey et al) have changed the status of the influenza A(H1N1) virus to pandemic status. Basically this means that the outbreak is in a number of countries not that the virus has become any more aggressive or harder to treat.
Clearly swine flu is something which we need to take seriously but not something we should panic about. I can't help think that a better word than pandemic would help calm the nerves slightly.
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