Although the year 2020 seemingly started in the usual manner, the news of the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease, that had originated in China in late December 2019, soon took over our lives and turned our worlds upside down in every possible way. COVID-19, a still rampantly dispersing infectious disease worldwide, brought about catastrophic results of severe disease in the upper respiratory tract, grave lung damage, overworked doctors, nurses in the healthcare industry and significant loss of life, apart from transforming our day-to-day lives in unimaginable ways.
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Not only has it changed the way we work and study, with virtual teaching sessions, remote meetings, made us adopt healthy eating practices of cooking meals with fresh, nutritious ingredients, introduced us to home workouts, but COVID-19 has also expanded our vocabulary of its related terminologies. Of course, by now, we all know rather well that COVID-19 stands for coronavirus disease, an infectious ailment that spreads via air droplets, contaminated fluids containing viral particles, chiefly affects the lungs and is hyphenated with the number 19, since it was first identified in the year 2019, in December in China. And that coronavirus is a family of viruses, named “corona” meaning crown, for the crown-like projections of surface proteins on their outer membranes. They are zoonotic, implying they stem from various animal species like bats, camels, cows, which infect other creatures as well as human beings, through inhaling air droplets, besides direct contact with the living specimens, dead tissues, their fluids like blood etc.
It is also common knowledge that SARS-CoV-2 is short for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus – 2, since the novel coronavirus strain triggering COVID-19 bears genetic resemblances with the coronavirus strain that caused the outbreak of SARS in 2003. But apart from these scientific terms, stringent measures were taken by leaders of countries all over the world, as well as central global wellness institutions such as the WHO – World Health Organization, to halt the transmission of the coronavirus disease. This has led to us buying certain accessories, items and consciously following some rigorous new normal regulations, all to prevent COVID-19, which have in turn become buzzwords as well, that have forged themselves into our daily conversations. Wondering what they are? Well, look no further, for we bring you the lexicon of all designations pertaining to the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foray through this infographic, to acquaint yourself with all the previously rarely uttered but now frequently used words and phrases, which are also routine lifestyle habits presently, related to the coronavirus disease.