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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Covid 19

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Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

The formal name given to the current outbreak of coronavirus. It is an infectious illness that may be mild or severe that is caused by a coronavirus. It usually causes a fever, cough and shortness of breath, and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure. The word comes from coronavirus plus disease, and the 19 refers to 2019, the year the disease was first identified in China.

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