New Word #13: Learned Amid Pandemic

oximeter: an instrument for measuring the proportion of oxygenated hemoglobin in the blood.

zoonotic: pertaining to a zoonosis, which means a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans.

endemic and epidemic and pandemic: Endemic means the baseline, or expected, level of the disease in the community—meaning it always exists. Epidemic refers to a sudden increase in the number of cases of a disease. Event in which a disease spreads across several countries and affects a large number of people.

asymptomatic: It means a patient is a carrier of an illness but does not show symptoms.

isolation and quarantine: Isolation is to separate sick people from the healthy people, while quarantine is to restrict people’s movement for a period to see if they get sick.

N95 respirator: Though it looks like a surgical mask, an N95 is actually a respirator that filters out at least 95% of particles in the air. What’s more, it requires a 20-minute “fit test” to ensure proper fitting—and it does not provide adequate protection for people with facial hair.

physician: There’s no new word for an infectious disease doctor–infectionist is not a word. I feel a bit of glee. No new word. Just nice old physician.

cyst, sac, abscess: A cyst is a sac of a benign growth of some sort, while an abscess is a pus-filled infection in your body.

comorbidity: the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient.

zoombombing: unwanted, disruptive intrusion that is generally caused by internet trolls and hackers crashing a virtual meeting held on Zoom

alveoli: microscopic air sacs in the lungs

anaphylactic shock: an extreme, sometimes fatal, allergic reaction or sensitivity to a specific antigen, such as a medication, a vaccine, insect sting, or specific food

anoxia: without oxygen; synonymous with suffocation

trachea: The airway that leads from the larynx (voice box) to the bronchi (large airways that lead to the lungs)

There must be a lot more words related with pandemic, distance learning, lockdown etc. Let me know if you have learned any new word in the past 13 months or so.

21 thoughts on “New Word #13: Learned Amid Pandemic

        1. I am intrigued. I watched ER before but couldn’t get into it. I thought I’m probably no good with hospital shows. LOL. I enjoy more chatty, more probing shows. Especially ER’s trauma scenes and hectic atmosphere is a little too much for me. LOL.

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    1. LOL. I am still waiting for my chance to get vaccinated. My friend got up 5AM to register so that when a vacancy shows up, he jumps in, but I am not so motivated to get up that early.

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      1. Yeah, this rollout is totally disorganized! I did a post about my experience with getting the shot so I could help others through this crap

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        1. Pray everything will move forward better than before. Yes, good luck getting your second shot. Still be careful after the vaccination.

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    1. The most important terms of the pandemic–“social distancing”. A resounding yes. And I miss our “old normal” terribly and I didn’t know that was a blessing until we lost the “old normal”.

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