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Top Trending Words of 2020

Top Trending Words Of 2020

1. Coronavirus (n)

Coronavirus refers to any of different RNA-containing viruses of the family Coronaviridae, including many that cause respiratory illnesses. The most known types of coronavirus are SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.  The virus that results in COVID-19 is referred to as the novel coronavirus because it is new (novel), which means it has not been detected before. Novel coronavirus is abbreviated as nCoV. When looked at using a microscope, coronaviruses seem to be surrounded by spikes much like corona, or a crown-like shape, hence the name coronavirus.

2. Covid-19 (n)

Short form for Corona Virus Disease 2019, COVID-19 is the new guy in town. The number 19 refers to the fact that it was detected first in the year 2019. Currently spreading like wild fire around the word, it is a highly infectious respiratory disease and is caused by a new corona virus. It is fatal mostly in elderly people and in those who have underlying conditions such as heart disease. It was first discovered in China in December 2019, and has become a household word now.

3. Social Distancing (n)

Social distancing refers to one of the measures taken to combat a pandemic such as COVID-19, which is to increase the physical distance between people to slow the spread of the virus. In supermarkets the world over, you can see bright colored tape marking the distance one has to keep from others. Working from home, cancellation of mass gatherings like church services and school closings are other examples of social distancing measures.

4. Flatten the Curve (v)

Flatten the curve refers to slowing the spread of an epidemic disease so that the healthcare system of a particular area doesn’t get overwhelmed. The curve shows the number of cases over time, and flattening that curve means preventing an increase in new cases, thus causing a spike, in a short period of time.

5. Infodemic (n)

A proliferation of a variety of information which is often unsubstantiated, relating to a crisis, controversy, or event, and which spreads very fast and uncontrollably through news, social media and the internet is known as infodemic. It is regarded as causing disturbance and anxiety among the public. The COVID-19 pandemic has currently unleashed an infodemic, undoubtedly.

6. Herd Immunity (n)

The resistance to a particular infection in a group of people when a very high number of individuals have been exposed to the infection is known as herd immunity. This is an expression widely used currently as an option that different countries have, in dealing with the pandemic COVID-19.

6. Self-isolate ( v )

This is another word that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into parlance. To self-isolate means to avoid contact with others deliberately for a period of time. This is one of the measures employed to combat the spread of the disease.

8. Shelter in Place (n)

Shelter in place is a public safety protocol that is invoked during an emergency in which there is a threat to life or health. It is an instruction to people to find a place of shelter in their present location or immediate surroundings, and to stay there until the situation is safe.

 9. Elbow Bump (n)

This is another expression that has gained popularity in current times. The elbow bump is a form of informal greeting in which two people touch elbows while meeting, instead of shaking hands. This is to prevent the spread of germs by touching hands.

10. Quarantine (n) (v)

Quarantine refers to the isolation imposed on a person to prevent the spread of a disease. People are quarantined when it is known that they might have been exposed to an epidemic or a pandemic. This prevents the spread of the disease. Usually it is the Health department of a particular country or state that issues quarantine orders.

Self-quarantine is when a person chooses to isolate himself out of caution. It is also known as voluntary quarantine.


R0 is pronounced as R-naught, R-nought, or R-zero. The R stands for Reproductive. R0 refers to the average number of people that a person affected with an infectious disease is expected to spread the infection to. R0 is also called the basic reproduction rate. If R0 is greater than 1, it means that the disease can spread in a population and cause an outbreak.

12. Super-spreader (n)

A super-spreader is a person who has been infected with a pathogen (such as a virus, or bacterium) and spreads it to a large number of people who aren’t infected. There have been reports of individuals who are super-spreaders in the current pandemic also, affecting a disproportionately huge number of people once he or she got infected.

Hobbies to Keep Children Occupied During the Lock-down

With Coronavirus bringing the entire country to a state of total panic, the Government has already declared a lock-down from March 23rd, the same was extended for another two weeks, till May 3rd. With this declaration, it has almost become clear that all schools and colleges will be shut down for an extended period of time. Most parents would be wondering how they can keep their children engaged for this long period. Due to the lock-down, a lot of summer activities like camps, swimming, craft and art activities will also be shut for quite a long time. This is enough to make even the most patient parents be tested to their limits as their children would be forced to stay indoors where most parents might also be working from home. One would naturally wonder how they can keep children engaged during the lock-down when they are too busy.  Children are often free-spirited and like to go outdoors and interact with their peers. It is rare to find children who prefer staying indoors. It is always a good idea to find a few good hobbies to stay engaged. Here are some activities and hobbies that will keep children occupied during the lock-down.

Hobbies that garner interest

Yoga practicing girl child
  • Teach them yoga: This might not seem too effective as it involves getting your little one to stay still for a period of time. But once it gets their curiosity, this is one of the most effective hobbies to keep their interest piqued. One of the easiest and probably healthiest activities you can do with your kids is yoga. The age-old practice is effective for improving overall health and keep their energy levels balanced. Once they start practicing yoga, then it is a guaranteed method of keeping them active, while keeping them indoors.
Cooking children
  • Teach them cooking: Children are famous for being picky eaters. It’s a miracle to get them to eat anything remotely healthy. Given a chance they would surely prefer living on chocolates and snacks. Naturally, it’s surprising to know that cooking is one of those hobbies that children can become interested in. After all, even the most famous chefs of our time would have been interested in cooking at some point of time in their youth. This lock-down period is perfect to teach your little children to make some simple recipes. Start out by getting them involved in mixing ingredients. Older children can be asked to involve themselves in chopping ingredients together as they would know to have care around a knife and other sharp objects. Then they can gradually start preparing simple dishes with your supervision. Who knows, what starts out as one of those lock-down hobbies could be the spark for something new for your little one.
  • Teach them a new language: This lock-down is a brilliant time to get your children to learn something new. Being multi-lingual is a great skill to have, so why not teach them a couple of new languages. If you are unable to do so on your own, you can always get help from self-learning kits or download tutorials from credible websites. If you have free time on your hands, even you could learn a language. While learning a language might not count as a hobby, it is a good skill to have.
Art and Craft work of Children
  • Get them involved in arts and crafts: Children love to make messes, so why not redirect the mess in a different direction? Get your children involved in interesting hobbies like origami, clay-modeling, finger painting or other crafts. This can get the more active children engaged for enough time.
  • Involve them in literary activities: If your child prefers the company of a good book, then it’s a blessing because this is one of those hobbies that can keep your child engaged. If they’re not too fond of books, well, this is a good time to get them involved. A good story series like Harry Potter or mysteries can get children who are not too fond of reading involved easily. If your child is older and loves writing, encourage them to keep a collection of their works. Maybe you can have them published some time as well.

Hobbies to keep your children occupied

Hobbies are effective in encouraging self-sufficiency and is a new skill for your child. Make good use of the lock-down period to keep your child occupied and interested in a new skill. This can be effective for them in the long run.