Vocabulary: COVID 19 words to know

Words to know:

• Coronavirus – A large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.

• COVID-19 – Abbreviation for the coronavirus disease 2019, a disease caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

• Social Distancing – Measures intended to limit the movement of people in order to interrupt the transmission of infectious, contagious diseases.
• Isolation – Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

• Quarantine – Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

• Community Spread – When people have been infected with the virus in an area and some are not sure how or where they became infected.

• Epidemic – Affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time.

• Pandemic – Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.

• Presumptive Positive - Individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary

Please limit the spread of any respiratory illness, including flu and COVID-19 by:
Hand wash

• Frequently washing hands with soap and using hand sanitizer as needed.
(Link to CDC on hand washing and its importance.)

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Staying home when you are sick.

• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Medical experts consistently share that these simple steps continue to be our best defense.