The Hindu Editorial (Pandemic and panic) – Apr 27, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Pandemic and panic) – Apr 27, 2020

The Tamil Nadu government’s order intensifying the lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruppur and Salem from April 26 briefly… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Pandemic and panic) – Apr 27, 2020.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Pandemic and panic) – Apr 27, 2020:

  1. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  2. lockdown (noun) – an emergency protocol implemented by the authorities that prevents people from leaving from a place; An extended state of confinement/encirclement/isolation of a person by the authority.
  3. social/physical distancing (noun) – a term means actively avoiding crowded public places, is a key element in decreasing the rapid spread of COVID-19. This is an effort intended to limit exposure by reducing face-to-face contact and preventing spread among people in community settings.
  4. trigger (verb) – cause, give rise to, bring about, lead to.
  5. convulse (verb) – cause to make sudden & irregular movements (uncontrollably/violently); shake up, agitate, disturb/bother, unsettle (uncontrollably).
  6. undo (verb) – reverse, cancel, invalidate, annul.
  7. calibrated (adjective) – carefully assessed/analysed.
  8. halt (verb) – cease, stop, terminate, discontinue.
  9. cumulatively (adverb) – in a cumulative manner; increasingly, collectively, totally.
  10. counterproductive (adjective) – harmful, damaging, dangerous/destructive.
  11. stock up (verb) – fill up, load; stockpile, amass, store up (supplies, essential goods).
  12. anxiety (noun) – concern/stress/tension, unease, apprehension, disquiet.
  13. article (noun) – a particular thing (commodity/product).
  14. panic buying (noun) – the buying of essential commodities (products such as rice, wheat, vegetables, hand sanitiser & etc,.) in large quantities due to rumours causing forthcoming shortages.
  15. mark (verb) – indicate, signify, identify.
  16. attract (verb) – cause (a person or group of people) to come to a place.
  17. chaotic (adjective) – confused, disrupted, messy/disorganized.
  18. invitation (noun) – encouragement, temptation, attraction.
  19. contagious (adjective) – relating to a disease/infection that can spread rapidly from person to person through direct contact, by touching a person who has the infection; communicable, transmittable, infectious.
  20. by all accounts (phrase) – apparently, seemingly, ostensibly.
  21. proximity (noun) – closeness, nearness, adjacency (in space/time/relationship).
  22. commendable (adjective) – admirable, praiseworthy, laudable.
  23. jolt (noun) – shock, surprise, bombshell (an unpleasant one).
  24. hard-won (adjective) – relating to something won/acquired with a great deal of effort.
  25. quarantine (noun) – a process of separating out people, animals and things (such as plants) from others for a period of time in order to control/restrict the spread of a contagious disease; Quarantine is imposed to separate and restrict the movement of persons, who may have been exposed to infectious disease, but not yet known to be ill.
  26. systematic (adjective) – organized/planned, methodical, standard.
  27. screening (noun) – examination, testing (of a group of people for the symptoms of a disease). The process of identifying healthy people who may be at increased risk of disease or condition.
  28. contact tracing (noun) – it is defined as the identification and followup of persons who may have come into contact with a person infected with the virus.
  29. community surveillance (noun) – (at the community level) it defined as ongoing systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health data for action.
  30. fallout (noun) – adverse results; after-effects, repercussions.
  31. pass off (phrasal verb) – fade away, disappear, vanish, go off.
  32. aberration (noun) – discrepancy, deviation/departure, anomaly, abnormality/irregularity.
  33. white list (noun) – a list of things considered to be acceptable.
  34. barring (preposition) – except for, with the exception of, apart from, other than, excluding.
  35. chronic (adjective) – persistent, long-term, incurable.
  36. kin (noun) – relations, connections, relatives.
  37. weather (verb) – survive/overcome, come/live through, outlast/outlive.
  38. shutdown (noun) – closure of a (complete) system; closing down, winding up.
  39. stress (noun) – strain, pressure, demand, burden; trouble, difficulty.
  40. household (noun) – family, house.
  41. feasible (adjective) – practicable, viable, realistic.
  42. virtually (adverb) – effectively, practically.
  43. address (verb) – tackle, deal with, attend to, try to sort out.
  44. envisage (verb) – foresee, predict, forecast.
  45. policing (noun) – the enforcement of rules/regulations.
  46. inevitable (adjective) – unavoidable, sure to happen, unpreventable.
  47. periodic (adjective) – regular, periodical, recurrent, recurring.
  48. spike (noun) – a sharp rise/increase of something.
  49. consultative (adjective) – relating to an association (a body/group of people) aimed to provide advice/recommendation.
  50. the new normal (phrase) – an earlier unusual situation that becomes a standard now.


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