What is covid short for?


The year 2020 was dominated by the word "covid," which is short for "COVID-19." While 2019's novel coronavirus and the disease it causes are known by many names (including SARS-CoV-2, Wuhan Pneumonia, rona, and others that aren't worth repeating here), covid is the catch-all term that most family members, friends, co-workers, and social media users used to refer to the virus.

It is not an exaggeration to say the covid pandemic reshaped the world, including the introduction of a number of new lockdown-, WFH-, and social distancing-inspired slang. Before covid, most people would not have been able to tell you what PPE stands for, and literally no one knew what FOBO, zoom towns, or the quaranfifteen were. Now, slang-documenting sites like ours are filled with covid-related terms, most of which will hopefully fade into irrelevancy.


Just went for my first covid test ... pretty sure it's going to come back negative, but still super nervous

Many people's initial reaction to covid

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Updated June 14, 2021

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