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TermDefinition
AsymptomaticShowing no symptoms of disease. 
COVID-19The name of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and is short for “Coronavirus Disease 2019.” (Source: WHO)
Close contactA person who may be at risk of a contagious disease because of their proximity or exposure to a known case. Exact definition of close contact differs by disease; for COVID-19, the CDC defines a close contact as anyone who has been within 6 feet of a person infected with the virus for a prolonged period of time, or has had direct contact with the infected person’s secretions. (Source: CDC)
Contact TracingThe process of identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to prevent onward transmission. (Source: WHO)
Drive through testingIndividuals remain in their vehicles, and medical staff in protective gear come to administer the swab test and the swabs are sent to a laboratory for testing.
EpidemicAn increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area. (Source: CDC)
Flatten the curveSlowing a virus’ spread to reduce the peak number of cases and related demands on hospitals and infrastructure (Source: CDC)
Isolation

Separating sick people with a contagious disease from those who are not sick. (Source: CDC)

PandemicAn epidemic that has spread over several countries/continents, usually affecting a large number of people. (Source: CDC)
PCR TestMolecular Tests (also known as reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction [PCR] tests or nucleic acid amplification tests [NAATs]) detect the presence of viral RNA. These tests are the recommended method for diagnosing current infection. The test is typically performed on nasopharyngeal swabs but can also be performed on other respiratory tract specimens (e.g., oropharyngeal swabs, nasal swabs, lower respiratory tract samples). (Source: LA County Public Health
QuarantineSeparating and restricting the movement of people exposed (or potentially exposed) to a contagious disease. (Source: CDC)
Social DistancingMeasures taken to reduce person-to-person contact in a given community, with a goal to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. Measures can include working from home, closing offices and schools, canceling events, and avoiding public transportation. (Source: CIDRAP)
SymptomaticShowing symptoms of disease. The most common symptoms of Covid-19 include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion, runny nose, diarrhea or vomiting. (Source: CDC)