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.
It won’t be long before those epidemiologists who specialize in pandemics begin to rebrand. You read it here first.