A Linguistic Prediction
Soon enough you will start hearing a new word: pandemiologist. Google barely knows about it yet.
An epidemiologist studies epidemics. You can guess what a pandemiologist studies.
We have epidemics all the time. Pandemics have been relatively rare — one or a few per century — until about the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when the curve began to tip upwards. Beginning late last century a confluence of factors has accelerated the trend: hot zones in Africa, industrial-scale pig farming in China, wet markets selling exotic meats across Asia.
Some epidemiologists, like the U of MN’s Michael T. Osterholm, have been warning for years of the increasing danger of increasingly frequent pandemics. (Here is a report he authored in 2005.)
It won’t be long before those epidemiologists who specialize in pandemics begin to rebrand. You read it here first.
Here is evidence that Google has barely heard of the word pandemiologist yet, as of 9:55 am CDT on the morning of June 19, 2020. To get to this screen I clicked the link in the initial search that said “Showing results for epidemiologist / Search instead for pandemiologist”. Most of the hits are for “pandemiology” (and are somewhat tongue-in-cheek), and only one for “pandemiologist.”