Vocabulary Development in the World of COVID-19

As we scroll up and down our Facebook wall, read an online article, or converse with our colleagues and loved ones, we may come across words that may not be very familiar to us.  Due to this situation we’re in, where the world almost stops, we are abound with new vocabulary, buzzwords, newly coined phrases, and scientific terminologies.

Here are some words and phrases that can help enhance your vocabulary:

  1. Coranivirus or COVID-19  or NCOV19: This is the name of  thedisease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2.  If this looks familiar to you, it’s because it’s related to the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS); COVID-19, with a fatality rate at three percent, is not as deadly as SRS.
  2. Wuhan: This is the capital city of Hubei Province in China, the most populous city in Central China and believed to be the epicenter of the outbreak.
  3. Epicenter: The central point of something, such as the city of Wuhan is the epicenter of this pandemic.
  4. Pandemic: Geographically widespread, covering a large area, as in the whole country or the whole world.
  5. Epidemic: The rapid spread of disease to a large number of people in a given amount of time.

I’ sure many of you are quite familiar with these words already, but for some, some of these words may be foreign.  It’s good to learn words everyday so that you can improve your English and communication skills.

We will continue with the rest later.  If you have other words to contribute, let me know.

  • Unprecedented
  • Coranivirus – COVID-19,  NCOV19
  • Lockdown
  • Quarantine
  • Isolation
  • PUI – Person Under Investigation
  • PUM – Person Under Monitoring
  • Social Distancing
  • Physical Distancing
  • Flattening the Curve
  • Outbreak
  • Airborne
  • Droplets
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Recoveries
  • Fatalities
  • Complications
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Symptomatic
  • Asymptomatic
  • Transmission
  • Exposure
  • Preventive (not preventative)
  • WHO – World Health Organization
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • PH# – PH1, PH2, PH3
  • Succumbed
  • Contagious
  • Respiratory