A COVID-19 glossary: What the terms mean and some subtle differences

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. 
Source: NIAID-RML/The Associated Press/The Canadian Press

Date Published: March 26, 2020

Source: CBC

A quick glossary of some important terms:

COVID-19: Coronaviruses are a common cause of colds and other upper respiratory infections. COVID-19 refers to coronavirus disease 2019, which is a new strain of coronavirus to the world’s human population.

Community transmission: A person infected was not in contact with someone known to have the infection or the infection source is unknown.

Contact-tracing: A person with the infection is asked about their activities and their interactions with other individuals. Individuals identified are contacted to let them know they have been in contact with someone who has the infection. Contact individuals are told to monitor for symptoms and to self-isolate. Follow-up will be conducted to confirm if they developed symptoms.

R0: Pronounced “R-naught”, is used to measure the intensity of outbreak.

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid19-glossary-1.5510230

Summary by: Jayoti Rana