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All the Coronavirus Terminology You Need to Know

A simple glossary of complicated and previously obscure words related to the pandemic

Aerosols

Antibiotics

Antibodies

Antibody tests

Antigens

Asymptomatic

Clinical trials

Contagious

Community spread

Contact tracing

Comorbidity

Confounding factors

Coronaviruses

Covid-19

Cytokine storm

Disinfectants

Endemic

Epidemic

Epidemiology

False positive

Handshakes

Herd immunity

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine

Immunity

Immunity certificates (or passports)

Incubation period

Infectious disease

Mortality

Mutation

Outbreak

Pandemic

PCR tests

PPE (personal protective equipment)

Peer review

Preprint papers

Quarantine

R0

Remdesivir

Respiratory droplets

SARS

SARS-CoV-2

Social distancing

Super spreaders (or silent spreaders)

Vaccine

Ventilator

Virus

Viral dose

Viral load

Viral shedding

Independent health and science journalist, former editor-in-chief of LiveScience, writing about how we age and how to optimize your mind and body through time.

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