What is an Epidemic?
Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 2014
3 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2014
Date Written: August 16, 2014
Misuse of the word “epidemic” has become an epidemic. In this note I examine several accounts of what it means to be an epidemic, explore what I take to be the motivation for over-extending the term, and explain why I think we should use it in a more careful way.
Keywords: Epidemic, Epidemiology, Public Health, Public Goods
JEL Classification: H41
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