Coronavirus is officially a pandemic. Here's why that matters.
The World Health Organization has finally labeled COVID-19 as a pandemic, but does it change anything or is it just semantics?
It is official. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the novel coronavirus as a pandemic for the first time. In a press briefing on Wednesday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed concern about trajectory of the disease, which has rapidly expanded across the globe in the months since it was first announced in China.
Outbreaks have been reported in more than 110 countries with more than 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,200 deaths worldwide, as global stock markets continue to falter. Case counts of the coronavirus, which causes the disease named COVID-19, have risen sharply in places like Italy, Iran, and South Korea. Meanwhile, it has begun to spread across the United States as well, with more than