Coronavirus: How to Talk About it

How can we describe life in the time of Coronavirus? Here is a guide to words and phrases which are used in the UK and the US to talk about the COVID-19 crisis.


Social Distancing

This is the practice of avoiding crowds of people, handshakes, and so on. You can still go outside, but you have to keep your distance from others.

Self-isolation

Someone who is self-isolating stays at home as much as possible. It is more extreme than social distancing. If you are self-isolating, you only see the people you live with.

Quarantine

If you are quarantined or in quarantine you avoid any contact with the people you live with to prevent yourself from spreading a disease, which you may or may not have. It is more extreme than self-isolation. Someone in quarantine should have their own bedroom, bathroom, towels, and cutlery.
Pronounced kwo·ruhn·teen

WFH

This means work from home. Many offices and businesses are closed, and some people are losing their jobs. If you are lucky, you can work remotely. "Work from home" is more common than "home office". Home office means the room where you work.

Lockdown

If an area is on lockdown, it means that places are closed and people cannot move freely. Governments across Europe have announced lockdowns, and police have the power to make people return to their homes. People can still leave their homes to see a doctor or buy food.


"Flatten the Curve"

Governments are telling people to avoid contact with each other so that the speed of infection slows down. If people keep seeing each other, there will be a lot more cases of Coronavirus much faster, which will create a big curve on the graph of cases. Help flatten the curve!

"Key Worker"

Key workers are the people with important jobs during the crisis. This includes doctors and nurses, as well as people growing and selling food, stacking the supermarket shelves, and keeping the transport system going.


Have you noticed new words during the crisis? Are you still practicing your English? Please ask me if you have any questions about the new language surrounding this pandemic.

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Hi! I'm Natalie, I'm a qualified ESL teacher from London, and I have a "clear" British accent. I have a degree in English and American literature, and I specialise in helping upper intermediate and advanced English learners. Book a trial lesson if you want to grow your vocabulary, explore cultural issues and hone in on any persistent grammatical errors. I always plan lessons based on students' needs and interests, so tell me about yourself, your English goals and your hobbies! My qualifications: - 120-hour CELTA teaching certificate with real classroom experience - Undergraduate degree in English and American literature - I also have a full time job as a content editor I can help with: - Differences between British English and American English - Total skills practice (reading, writing, listening, speaking) - Learning real English with authentic texts and articles - Grammar exercises to target your weakest areas or persistent errors - Business English for meetings, interviews and emails - Developing your written English to the highest standard Which languages do I speak? - I have advanced German - I have intermediate Spanish - I am always googling the etymology of words to see how languages relate to each other! My own interests include travelling, cooking, reading, history, podcasts, comedy, documentaries, and crime shows.
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