A disease which may turn into a pandemic, triggers all emergency action plans, and then fails to turn into a pandemic.

The actions taken by Governments trigger a Pandemic. Often driven by media hype during otherwise quiet periods.
That swine flu turned out to be a total panicdemic.
by Blueinternet May 7, 2009
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Widespread national (and sometimes global) panic symptomatic of overly-hyped, repetetive news & media coverage of a disease, a policy, an event or a person.
Despite the fact that (to date) the flu sickens and kills over 3 times the number of people, the potential of a Coronavirus pandemic has created a worldwide panicdemic.
by Beadmaven1 February 26, 2020
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