Incidence or Incidents?
Incidence or Incidents?What is the difference between "incidence" or "incidents"?
- "Incidence" is the number of new cases of disease (e.g., a coronavirus, COVID-19, the flu, the measles) or injury in a population over a specified period of time. (More below)
- An "incident" is an event. The plural is "incidents."
IncidenceThe noun "incidence" was rare before the COVID-19 pandemic. "Incidence" is a technical word used in the field disease control. It refers to the chance of developing a new condition (usually a disease) within a specified time period.
Example sentences with "incidence":
- The chart 'Incidence of Flu by Area' shows the number of people with coronavirus and coronavirus symptoms who visited their doctor last week.
- They suffer a higher incidence of measles as they did not invest in health-care systems to deliver vaccinations effectively.
- Incidence Risk. Incidence risk is the proportion of individuals in a population (initially free of disease) who develop the disease within a specified time.
- Incidence Rate. Incidence rate is the frequency of new cases of disease in a population.
IncidentsThe word "incidents" is the plural of "incident," which means an occurrence or an event.
Example sentences with "incidents":
- There is no evidence to link the two incidents at this time.
- The police are investigating two incidents of someone shooting into occupied homes.