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Eleven new words and phrases we discovered during lockdown

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The coronavirus pandemic has seen several new words and phrases enter our everyday vocabularies.

From scientific terms to slang words popularised on social media, coronavirus has changed the way we speak to one another.

Here is a round-up of all the most important terms we discovered during lockdown and what they mean.

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Bubble

A bubble is defined as a group of people with whom you have close physical contact. The idea was first introduced in New Zealand.

In England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, single adults living alone - or single parents whose children are under 18 - can now form a support bubble with one other household.

The second household can be of any size.

Contact tracing

The process of interviewing every patient with the virus to determine who else they may have come in contact with — then testing those individuals to see if they are carrying the virus.

According to the World Health Organization: “When systematically applied, contact tracing will break the chains of transmission of COVID-19 and is an essential public health tool for controlling the virus.”

Covidiot

A slang term for ssomeone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety during the pandemic.

Urban Dictionary defines a covidiot as someone who "stubbornly ignores 'social distancing' protocol, thus helping to further spread COVID-19".

Flattening the curve

Using containment and mitigation strategies to slow the spread of disease in order to avoid a scenario in which the NHS is running beyond its capacity and supplies are scant.

Furlough

Under the government’s furlough scheme, more than nine million workers who are unable to do their job because of the coronavirus outbreak have had their wages paid by the government.

It was designed to help people put on leave because of the outbreak, and prevent mass redundancies.

Firms have to start paying towards the scheme from August, and it will close entirely in October.

a man sitting on a table: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) visit Pizza Pilgrims in West India Quay, London Docklands on June 26, 2020 as the restaurant prepares to reopen on July 4 as coronavirus lockdown rules are eased. - The British government on Thursday unveiled plans to get the public out of indoor confinement and on to the streets to boost the economy after three months of coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants pubs and restaurants to be buzzing in the curtailed summer season, despite continued social distancing rules and restrictions. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (R) visit Pizza Pilgrims in West India Quay, London Docklands on June 26, 2020 as the restaurant prepares to reopen on July 4 as coronavirus lockdown rules are eased. - The British government on Thursday unveiled plans to get the public out of indoor confinement and on to the streets to boost the economy after three months of coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants pubs and restaurants to be buzzing in the curtailed summer season, despite continued social distancing rules and restrictions. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Key worker

Key workers are the people who needed to keep working from outside their homes during the lockdown.

Professionals listed as key workers by the government include medics, firefighters, coppers, shop keepers, and journalists.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The term for clothing, gloves, masks and other equipment that healthcare workers and others wear to minimise exposure to pathogens or other hazards.

R rate

The reproduction number, or R rate, is a way of rating a disease's ability to spread by measuring the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to, on average.

Self-isolating

The act of intentionally remaining in one place to prevent infection or the spread of infection.

Those who display symptoms of the virus are urged to self-isolate for 14 days, during which they should avoid contact with others and not leave the house.

Social distancing

Keeping a distance of one metre or more from others to prevent the spread of disease and limiting frivolous activities such as social gatherings and unnecessary travel.

Quarantini

A quarantini is defined by Urban Dictionary as “a strong alcoholic beverage that is made when people are quarantined, or otherwise locked up or trapped in a location for an extended period of time”.

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