After the Mexican flue, SARS and MERS it was about time the world got hit by another pandemic. Allegedly, this time it all started ona Wuhan wet market where the locals buy their portion of snake and armadillomeat. In this post, I share some virus-related key vocabulary and firsthand footage from Corona-survivors.
(Note: this article was posted on 31 January 2020.)
Shortage of face masks
To start on an optimistic note: Did you know that if you’re still alive today, you’re a virus-survivor too? (One of 7.7 billion people)! If you were planning to go to China, you might want to postpone your next trip though and wear one of those trendy face masks if you use public transport, just in case. That is if you can still lay your (disinfected) hands on one. For this Chinese YouTuber it all seems too late.
China is red
It’s a very, very serious situation, so I did some homework on the virus-related key vocabulary that you read in the Chinese news. “For your daily apocalypse click here”. The virus is everywhere. It’s amazing how quickly bad news spreads and people start panicking. Even here in Europe many ten thousands miles away from the disaster zone the news is dominated by it. Online news papers provide hourly updates as if the world will perish. It’s almost like a drug.
But where disaster strikes, you’ll also find business opportunities! Do you think 25 bucks is a good price to protect yourself against virus infection? The Asian girl on the picture sure does. Did they pick an Asian girl for a reason or is it just me? From what I hear masks in Germany and many other countries are sold out at the moment.
Meanwhile people in Wuhan can’t go nowhere, so during the long cold nights they started shouting at each other to uplift their spirits. A rather unusual spectacle, isn’t it? It’s hard to imagine a complete lock-down on such a gigantic city.
New corona virus
gǎnrǎn xīnguān bìngdú de rén
People infected with the new corona virus
Who can you trust?
gǎnrǎn xīnguān bìngdú dí rén
people infected with the new corona virus
shòudào bìngdú gǎnrǎn
get infected with the virus
wú zhèngzhuàng gǎnrǎn zhě
people that are infected but do not display any symptoms
yǒu chuánrǎn lì
to be contagious or to have “contaminating power”
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number of dead people
2% sǐwáng lǜ
death rate of 2 %
What’s this Corona virus anyway?
to announce that the city is sealed
wú zhèngzhuàng xiédài bìngdú zh
infected people without symptoms
receive medical treatment
the spreading of the virus
The best vocabulary list, sorted by language level, on the Corona virus I found so far, you can download here.