COVID-19 in English

Watch the live lesson where we discussed the COVID-19 virus and other medical terms

What is COVID-19

Covid-19 is one of many different Coronavirus’ which form a large family of viruses 

Let’s look at some Vocabulary associated with Coronavirus or CoVID19 as it is also known by.

family = group of things (viruses) which are connected by one or similar characteristics

characteristics = qualities or features that belong to  a person or thing that make them recognizable / identifiable.

COVID -19 is recognised by the following characteristics:  fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties

Other viruses may also have some or all of these characteristics / symptoms

symptom – that we use to describe an effect of an illness.

Example: Cold – Often you sneeze a lot

Sneeze is a symptom.

COVID-19 is Zoonotic.

Zoonotic = means a virus that is passed /transmitted between animals and people.

Research has shown that the Coronavirus is transmitted between:

Civet cats to humans

Camels and humans


Words to describe to say that you are feeling unwell:


poorly not well

off colour – pale

out of sorts

not myself

not 100%


not right

I feel ill.

I just don’t feel right.

My foot is swollen.

Can you answer these questions?

Now practice you're listening skills in English?

How many accents can you hear and where are they from?

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