As the world comes to grips with the “new normal” coronavirus has wrought on our towns, cities and communities, society faces the challenge of figuring out how to talk about the impact the virus is having on our everyday lives.
Coronavirus has led to an explosion of new words and phrases, both in English and in other languages. This new vocabulary helps us make sense of the changes that have suddenly become part of our everyday lives.
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Covidiot: someone ignoring public health advice
Covideo party : online parties via Zoom or Skype
Covexit: the strategy for exiting lockdown
Blursday: an unspecified day because of lockdown’s disorientating effect on time
Zoombombing: hijacking a Zoom videocall
WFH: working from home Quaranteams: online teams created during lockdown
Trying times: starting to try people’s patience.
Shelter in place: to stay home as much as possible except for carrying out essential tasks, such as grocery shopping and picking up medicine at the pharmacy
Coronial: to describe children conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covidivorce: divorces (LDR) that happen as a result of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order
Doom scrolling: When people on stay-at-home orders spend excessive amounts of time online looking at negative news coverage.
Contact tracing: identification and monitoring of people who may have had contact with an infectious person
Contagious: a disease that can pass from person to person, usually by direct contact
Herd immunity: an indirect protection from a disease resulting from a large percentage of the population gaining immunity
Personal protective equipment (PPE): special clothing, headgear, goggles, masks and other garments that shield people from injury or infection, usually by doctor (APD)
Zoonotic: a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans
PSBB: Large-scale Social Restrictions
Coronacation bonus of time due to reduced work time due to corona virus
Covid-19 (lbs): gain weight because of eating and snacking at home during a pandemic
Drivecation: vacation only in the car
Lend a hand: help other by various ways
Hamsterkaufing: adapted from German, has emerged to mean hoarding food like a hamster
Mitigation: slowing down the rate of infection by avoiding overcrowding places
Price gouging: an act or instance of charging customers too high a price for goods or services
Infodemic: an excessive availability of information (mostly false) which make a solution even more difficult
Elbow bump: a gesture (usually of greeting or farewell) in which two people lightly tap their elbows together as an alternative to a handshake or embrace, especially in order to reduce the risk of spreading an infectious disease
Supply chain: a system of activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer
Cocooning: certain groups of people (such as people over 70 with health issues) will stay in their homes to avoid contact with any person
Immunosuppressed: conditions where you have a weak immune system
Downspacing: a scaling down of an organisation, starting with the workforce, surprised ourselves at our ability to remain productive through virtual meetings and so on
R naught/R0: the average number of additional people that one person with the virus will infect