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Is epicenter the right word for pandemic hot spots?

Linked article has a good discussion of the pros & cons. Starts where many authors would have stopped, with the etymological fallacy, discusses rationales for various options, and winds up with Dr. Anthony Fauci giving the all-clear.


Dr. Fauci mused on the different labels that could be used. “Is it the ‘focus’? Is it the ‘major point of acceleration’? Is it the ‘epicenter’? It’s the most prominent area with an outbreak,” he said. “I don’t see any harm in using common terms. There’s always room for misunderstanding, but as long as it isn’t so confusing for people to understand, I have no problem with saying ‘epicenter.’

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