Common words and phrases we use every day now that were almost unheard of before covid

The COVID pandemic has introduced the entire world to a language that we may not have used much before March 2020.

These new words and phrases have shaped our understanding of the important changes that are part of our daily lives.

In February 2020, if we heard someone talking about the lockdown, Lateral flow test, track and trace orOmicron version, we wouldn’t have a clue what they were about, and they might have looked weird if they had explained themselves.

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But fast forward two years and with all the media reports we’ve consumed, we’ve all been introduced to a new set of terminology.

We’ve put together a list of all the common words and phrases we use almost every day now that you might not have heard before the pandemic.

coronavirus (covid-19)

Coronavirus or Covid-19 are words we all use every single day, we see them, we hear them and we read them.

coronavirus restrictions

When Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the UK into national lockdown in March 2020, we were given ‘c.’ introduced to the idea of Coronavirus restrictions for the first time.

We then spent months under the harshest restrictions many of us had ever experienced.

essential staff

Millions of people in Britain had to join work during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, risking their lives to help others.

Many occupations involved other frontline health and social care workers, including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, teachers and volunteers.

omicron version

On 23 November UK scientists became aware of the new strain ‘Omicron’ – also known as B.1.1529 – after samples from South Africa, Hong Kong and then Botswana were uploaded to a coronavirus tracking website.

delta version

The Delta variant was first recognized in India in late 2020. It swept through that country and into the UK, where it quickly emerged.

global pandemic

Despite warnings from many experts that humanity would face more global pandemics, most were lucky that such an event had no impact on their daily lives for several decades.

When the World Health Organization recognized COVID-19 as an official pandemic, it was a period when we all became familiar with the term.

self chosen solitude

Self-isolation is said to be an automated first step on a daily basis after developing symptoms or testing positive.

We fear it, discuss it and endure it in an effort to protect others from infection.

elbow strike

Once it became clear that our common pleasures, such as shaking hands or hugging, would pose a risk of transmission of the virus, society needed to establish some new agreed-upon norms.

Enter the elbow bump, now the awkward expression of physical interaction of choice for most.

But some still prefer to keep the distance.

the outbreak

Outbreaks at work, in our communities, in our homes, and seemingly everywhere we look.

close contact

Do you have a friend, colleague, family member or even a stranger whom you recently tested positive for COVID?

Then it would be better to give yourself a test as you may just be a dangerous “close contact”.

non-essential shops

Cast yourself back to a time when your favorite retail stores closed and you couldn’t buy certain items at your local supermarket because they were deemed non-essential.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we were once banned from buying clothing items in supermarkets because they were classified as ‘non-essential’.

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We’ve all heard of disinfectants, but ever since we’ve all been encouraged to sanitize food shopping, door handles, office desks, and more.

few days off

Furlough has always been a term used to denote a leave of absence but has taken on a whole new meaning since the pandemic began.

A scheme was set up by the UK government to pay 80% of the wages of employees whose roles were essentially not working due to the pandemic.

Some were delighted with the holiday, while for others it was a living nightmare.


A horrifying word, even before the pandemic, which indicates that a terrible event has occurred.

In March 2020, the whole of Britain found itself in lockdown, which for the first time completely deserted our streets, roads, trains and buses.

Combined in our suddenly lonely predicament, we clapped at the door together, piled in Zoom quizzes, sang occasionally together, and generally banded together in an effort to keep the blues at bay.

Some of that goodwill vanished as we got used to the concept in the post-lockdown.

Welsh Government Covid review

We soon became very familiar with the phrase at the start of the pandemic when First Minister Mark Drakeford began holding regular conferences with the people of Wales, updating them on what was happening in relation to the pandemic. .


You may be familiar with ventilation as you do something to get rid of the moisture in your bathroom, but since the pandemic we have learned that ventilation is important to help us stop the spread of COVID.

Opening a window or a door can help remove air that contains virus particles and prevent it from spreading.

infection rate

We all need to learn to interpret the data to understand how the pandemic is affecting us.

Initially, we started hearing the phrase “infection rate”; The term given to the number of cases in an area per 100,000 people. Infection rates have helped us compare the spread of COVID between regions with different population sizes.


Zoom Video Communications has been around since 2011, but became widely used software when the pandemic began in March 2020. It has allowed us to see family members, work colleagues, friends and more.


Curse of anyone who dares to travel abroad after March 2020.

Avoiding a situation where you have to quarantine has become a big concern for many people.

social distancing

If you met a friend in a park before March 2020 and they told you to stay two meters away from them at all times, you might suspect you have a hygiene issue.

Fast forward two years and we are all used to being more aware of our personal space and reminded to do the same in our daily lives.

working from home

For many of us, the idea of ​​working from home once seemed like an impossible dream, but post-Covid, many people have had to free up space in their homes for work.

Some have discovered a welcome adjustment to their work/life balance, others feel cut off from coworkers and are desperate to reestablish that social interaction through their work. Many more people have probably experienced both.

Whatever your feeling about working from home (the often shortened term for WFH has become so ubiquitous), it has certainly changed the lives of many people.

PCR test

PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, a widely used method for rapidly making millions of copies of a specific DNA sample, allowing scientists to take a very small sample of DNA and study it in detail in a sufficient quantity. allows to increase.

It’s a term familiar to chemists since the 1980s, but many of us now consider it the most accurate form of test to determine whether you’ve caught COVID.

We combine this with a visit to a discreet place near our homes, to swish a swab down our throats and into our noses, before depositing it in a small bin and waiting for the result.

lateral flow test

These are simple devices designed to detect the target substance in a liquid sample without the need for expensive specialized equipment.

A standard home pregnancy test is a lateral flow test. But again, we all have become used to thinking of LFTs as a purely COVID related phenomenon.

face masks

The positive association of a face mask comes from applying a bunch of beauty products to one’s face and taking a picture of it for an Instagram story.

Not any more. Wanna go to that shop? ride that bus? Don’t get dirty looks on the train? Then it would be better if you open and cover that piece of cloth with your pocket.

NHS Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace service has been important since it was introduced during the pandemic, it has enabled us to know when we have been in close contact with people who have COVID.

But it is not without its issues. Several reported discrepancies and ‘pingdemic’ saw many industries struggling as millions of workers needed to be isolated creating problems for employees in hospitals, care sectors, transportation networks and everywhere in between.


Many of those working in the care sector would be very familiar with the term PPE before the pandemic, now we are all aware of how important PPE is for those who work on the front line and also protect themselves .

death rate

We usually come across the word ‘mortality’ after statistics on major events or other diseases, but unfortunately due to covid it is a word that we hear every day.


A boon and a curse. You may feel fine, but asymptomatic COVID cases still need to stay indoors and avoid contact with others to prevent spread to people whose bodies may have a more severe reaction to the virus.

Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer Vaccine

which one did you have? can you even remember?

Vaccine names have become common to hear in news and talk of people in our daily life.

The fact that humanity managed to develop so many vaccines for a newly discovered pathogen so quickly is nothing short of miraculous, and it is an incredible achievement to thank for the comparative generality we enjoy today. Should give.

That so many people continue to cry about their right not to get vaccinated, then to be grateful for those who understand their value and how lucky we are to live in a country where they are plentiful.

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