The all-pervasive lens that humans ordinarily use to watch and analyze the pandemic is time . This article considers an alternative . Instead of tracking incidence as a function of time, new cases are counted as a function of cumulative cases . This resource-centric perspective, which is more natural and physically justified, is the perspective of the virus . In this article, we demonstrate the relevance of this approach by characterizing an outbreak as an independent increments Gaussian process that fluctuates about a deterministic curve, called the incidence-cumulative cases (ICC) curve . We illustrate these concepts on Influenza A and COVID-19 outbreaks in the US . The novel perspective presented here reveals universal properties of disease spread that would otherwise remain hidden.