Pandemic COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, making it the first time in history that a coronavirus caused such an event. A pandemic is the global outbreak of a disease; pandemics are usually classified as epidemics first, which is when a disease is spreading rapidly in a particular area or region. According to a statement posted by the WHO’s director-general on March 11, the decision to call the coronavirus a pandemic was made because “we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.” At the time of the announcement, the virus had spread into six continents and more than 100 countries.