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The flawed definition of a pandemic used to declare a public health emergency

In May 2009, the World Health Organisation (WHO) changed the definition of a ‘pandemic’ based on the advice provided by a small select committee that was not required to reveal their conflicts of interest until 12 months later. This change in definition was critical to the ability for the WHO to declare a swine-flu ‘pandemic’ in June 2009 and then a coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Without this change to the definition of a ‘pandemic’, the WHO could not have declared a public health emergency under the International Health Regulations in March 2020, and this state of emergency could not have been extended into 2021. It is this arbitrary change to the definition of a ‘pandemic’ that has resulted in the removal of human rights globally and the imposition of a police state in many countries.

The change to the definition that occurred in 2009 was the removal of the need for there to be an ‘enormous number of deaths and illnesses’ to a new virus before a pandemic can be declared. This phrase was replaced with ‘cases’ in the new definition and a pandemic could be declared simply if there was an ‘increase in the number of ‘cases’ of a disease’, regardless of whether these ‘cases’ were serious or non-serious, or even if the cases had no disease symptoms at all.

This change to the definition is critical because historically, epidemiologists and immunologists stated that ‘cases’ of an infectious disease do not indicate the risk of the disease to the community. Once public health infrastructure and nutrition was improved in developed countries in the mid-twentieth century scientists recognised that the only meaningful statistics to inform governments of the risk of a disease to the community are the hospitalisations and case-fatality statistics in each demographic.

This is the reason why many governments stopped notifying of cases of infectious diseases in the 1950’s – 60’s. In developed countries cases of disease were mostly (99%) non-serious or asymptomatic cases (sub-clinical infections) and these cases were fundamental to producing long-term herd immunity in the population.

Medical Diagnosis of Disease

Diagnosis of disease is a grey area of science because criteria can be changed over time, and this can give the appearance of an increase in one disease and a decline in another. In addition, people usually die from multiple factors, therefore cause of death can be subjective. Hence an appearance of a pandemic can be manipulated by medical authorities by changing the diagnostic criteria for a disease or by changing its surveillance in the population. This was the case in the swine-flu pandemic in 2009 and it is described in my article titled ‘A new strain of influenza or a change in surveillance?

This was also the case for the alleged global public health emergency in 2020. The WHO declared a pandemic of Coronavirus 2019 based solely on the alleged identification of the virus using a RT-PCR test. This test is not a diagnostic tool, meaning it cannot diagnose COVID disease, and the extra surveillance of the healthy population resulted in hundreds of healthy people without symptoms and/or non-serious cases of disease, being used to frighten the public about a new ‘flu-like illness’ that was called COVID disease.


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