#2. New vocabulary
A number of new phrases and sayings are now a part of our everyday vocabulary. Above all, the name of the pandemic, of course, Covid-19, has become a new term. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially named the disease on February 11, 2020.
“In 2020, several new phrases and words were added to the general lexicon. As people were constantly exposed to words and phrases like ‘social distance’ or ‘stay 6-feet apart to flatten the curve’ to minimize the burden on the healthcare providers and the system.” SG Analytics.
Here are some words we use daily but may not understand.
SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome).
SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).
Spread of disease. When a disease—and the virus that causes it—begins to spread, epidemiologists take notice, looking for the frequency, patterns, and causes associated with it.
Epidemic. This refers to a sudden increase in the number of cases of a disease above what is typically expected in a particular area.
Outbreak. This shares the same definition as epidemic, with one exception—an outbreak usually refers to a more limited geographic area.
Pandemic. An epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, impacting many people.
Cluster. A collection of cases occurring in the same place at the same time.
Incubation period. The time between when a virus infects a person and when he or she notices the disease’s symptoms.
Asymptomatic. When a patient is a carrier of an illness but does not show symptoms.
Flattening the curve. Slowing the spread of the virus.
Social distancing. Putting physical distance between yourself and other people.
Self-isolation. You are to remain at home and not go to work or school.
Self-monitoring. This means checking yourself for COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
Isolation. Involves keeping people with confirmed cases of a contagious disease separated from people who are not sick.
Quarantine. Involves separating and restricting the movements of people exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Vaccine. A vaccine triggers the immune system to help it build immunity to a disease.
https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-19-glossary, by Kathy Katella.
Courtesy of National Post.
Hi.👋🏻 Any tips for revising/ or study or/ what to await on a rotation at the neurology department? Thanks I’m scared as shit😳...
Oh gosh I feel like you probably asked this a while ago and I'm just now getting to it. Also guessing you're UK-ish so take this with a grain of salt because I'm American and also because it's been over 4 years since my neuro rotation in med school.
I'd say the biggest first step is getting good at a neuro exam. Cranial nerves, strength, sensation, cerebellar, reflexes, tone, and gait (ALWAYS walk the patient if you can). You get faster as you practice more. If a patient is unable or unwilling to cooperate with exam, be detailed in your observations. No reaction to noxious stimuli with no cough/corneal/gag reflexes tells a very different story from throwing things at walls and cursing at staff, even though neither patient is cooperative - the latter at least has fluent speech and you can comment on their coordination!
Neuro is big on localizing the lesion - central vs peripheral, and then where specifically. Good to study neuroanaromy because it flows directly into this.
To be honest I can't remember what books I used and doubt they'd be especially relevant to you anyway, but I'll post this im case any neuro folks want to chime in!
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