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palpate (etymonline, examine by touch) : same ancient Latin root palpare , between “ palpitate (etymonline: to beat or pulse rapidly, to throb) “ and “ feel “ . (Origin:Merriam-Webster Word of the day)

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pandemic > epidemic > outbreak: geographic area with whole people > a smaller area throughout community and affect many people > localized area or a specific group. figuratively with “ wildfire” : If a virus is spreading quickly like a wildfire, it’s an epidemic. If a virus has already spread like wildfire and is currently massive in its reach and impact, it’s a pandemic. The coronavirus, or more specifically, the COVID-19 virus, is now classified as a pandemic. (Origin: Merriam-Webster online , etymonline, )

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