A useful glossary of coronavirus terms
With all this daily information about the novel Coronavirus comes a plethora of new words and expressions that we have not or rarely heard before.
So here is a little glossary to help you navigate the news!
Communicable (Adjective): term used to describe diseases that can be transmitted.
Community spread (Noun phrase): the spread of a disease in a particular area where there is “no direct knowledge of how or when someone contracted the disease.”
Contact tracing (Noun): the action of identifying people who may have come into contact with someone infected with the disease.
COVID-19 (Noun): the specific illness related to the current epidemic and stands for “COronaVIrus Disease 2019.”
Disease cluster (Noun phrase): a “group of similar health events that have occurred in the same area around the same time.”
MERS (Noun): is the name of another type of coronavirus, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Novel (Adjective): New – a strain that has not been detected in humans before.
Reservoir (Noun): can refer to either an animal, a plant or an environment in which a disease can remain for long periods of time.
SARS (Noun): is the name of another type of coronavirus, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Self-isolation (Noun): a quarantine but at home for someone with symptomatic or suspected COVID-19 who does not need to be hospitalized.
Social distancing (Noun phrase): the action of keeping a large amount of personal space (about one meter) between yourself and anyone who is sneezing or coughing.
Super-spreader (Noun): a person infected with a virus or disease who then spreads or transmits it to un unusually large group of people.
Symptomatic (Adjective): is used when referring to someone who is showing symptoms of a particular illness or disease.
Zoonotic (Adjective): a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans.
Links to Lessons on the Coronavirus & Useful vocabulary (English & French)
Breaking News English Lesson on coronavirus: https://bit.ly/38GKnVn
The French vocab you might need during a coronavirus outbreak: https://bit.ly/2IErHel
What students should learn about the coronavirus: https://to.pbs.org/2TRjIQn
What is the coronavirus: https://bit.ly/2TzulIG