Understand โ€œPandemicโ€ Through Etymology

Whatโ€™s a ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ? Why is #COVID19 called a #pandemic? Why does this remind me of #government, #statistics, & #PublicSpeaking?
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#1. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐˜๐˜†๐—บ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ
The word โ€œPandemicโ€ comes from the Greek parts ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป (โ€œallโ€), ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ (โ€œpeopleโ€), & -๐—ถ๐—ฐ (โ€œofโ€, or โ€œrelated toโ€). A ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ, therefore, is something (said mostly of diseases) that is ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ.
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#2. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜?
Unclear. The earliest meaning of a pandemic was not in reference to a disease-category, but in the sense of “pertaining to all people; public, commonโ€.
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#3. ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ?
The term “a pandemic diseaseโ€ was first used in print in 1853.
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#4. ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ?
An epidemic is smaller in scale than a ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ which is an epidemic that has spread across a large region, affecting a substantial number of people.
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#5. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€? When you think ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ you should be reminded of:
A. ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ โ€“ because democracy also comes from โ€œdemโ€ (people)
B. ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€ โ€“ because statistical data about people is called demographics
C. ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด โ€“ because of Demosthenes, whose name means “vigour of the peopleโ€. #Demosthenes, anย  iconic orator, is best known for his speeches (the 4 Phillipics) against King Philip II of Macedon (the father of Alexander the Great).
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