Don’t be a Covidiot
Instead, be a smart CCB (Community Circuit Breaker, in case you didn’t know). COVID-19 is changing almost every aspect of our lives, even the way we speak. Let’s see if you’re in the know. Here are some COVID-19 slangs Tropika Club discovered so you won’t be a Covidiot.
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- Don’t be a COVIDIOT: A COVIDIOT is someone who ignores the public health measures and puts themselves and others at risk of COVID-19.
- Follow the 3 Ws: Wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. These are the basic steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Get vaccinated: Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. It also helps to achieve herd immunity and end the pandemic.
- Stay home if unwell: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or loss of taste or smell, stay home and seek medical attention. Don’t go out and infect others.
- Be kind and respectful: COVID-19 has affected everyone in different ways. Be compassionate and supportive of those who are struggling or facing challenges. Don’t discriminate or stigmatize anyone based on their health status, race, or nationality.
- Stay informed and updated: COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. Follow the official sources of information and avoid spreading rumors or misinformation. Stay alert and adapt to the changing rules and guidelines.
1. Covidiot, n.
Individuals who ignores public health advice, and/or behaves irresponsibly as the virus spreads.
This is to all those who hoarded toilet papers, exercised in groups, and those who went to shopping centres even though they didn’t need to before the Circuit Breaker measures kicked in. Yes, you’re a covidiot too if you share conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on group chats.
Don’t want to be a Covidiot? Stay home! If you want to run at the park, run alone, and check the live crowd updates by the National Parks Board. And always, always remember what the new Dua Lipa song tells you to do.
2. 抄作业 (chāo zuò yè), v.
抄: to copy
作业: assignments, or homework
– To copy someone’s homework.
– To steal China’s COVID-19 solutions without giving them credit
There are a few ways you can use this: to say other countries are copying the work is to be patriotic, but with a hint of snark. But as a strange kind of normalcy returns to China, some users of the phrase say it when other countries execute strategies first seen in China without giving credit.
Our next-door neighbour was already caught in the act: a user in Weibo noticed some public-service posters across Malaysia had the style of Chinese propaganda posters: red banners with health advisories in white. But maybe copying someone else’s homework isn’t so bad, especially since the virus continues to leave countries across the world scrambling in its wake.
3. Quatorzaine, n.
The 14-day isolation period , in French.
Why not add a touch of French romance to these seemingly apocalyptic times? It can be traced to when a French radio host asked the education minister about the number of pupils in quatorzaine before schools closed down in March. Then, a newspaper ran the headline “Two doctors en quatorzaine.” Before long, media outlets across France are using it.
While this COVID-19 slang may easily roll off the French tongue, its anglicised version, quatorzine, seems to have only a shadow of the original’s romance. I guess we can stick to the ‘14-day isolation period’ instead.
4. Miss Rona, n.
A fabulous new online slang that refers to COVID-19.
Given that ‘corona’ is Latin for ‘crown’ or ‘wreath’, Miss Rona seems only appropriate for a virus with an attitude. This name for COVID-19 is an amalgamation of queer and black cultures. Gay men in America often add ‘miss’ to the zeitgeist of the moment, while in black culture ‘miss’ usually connotes someone messy or problematic. As with most slangs with Queer and Black origins, it’s spreading like wildfire, just like “yasss”, “slay”, and “bae.”
5. Coronospeck, n.
German in origin, speck refers to a bacon-like food found in some German delicacies. But in a broader sense, it has a meaning similar to what we call ‘flab’. The Germans use speck in a wide variety of instances: babyspeck refers to the baby fats that lingers onto our adolescence; winterspeck as flab that forms after indulging too much in cold months. Well, we Singaporeans can still, go out to exercise, so coronaspeck shouldn’t be a problem for us. After all, you can always work out at home.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article and learned something new. COVID-19 is not a joke, and we all have a responsibility to do our part to stop it. Being a COVIDIOT is not only selfish, but also dangerous. You could end up hurting yourself or someone you care about. You could also make the situation worse for everyone else.
That’s why we urge you to follow the 3 Ws, get vaccinated, stay home if unwell, be kind and respectful, and stay informed and updated. These are simple but effective ways to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. They also show that you care about others and respect their health and safety.
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FAQ FOR DON’T BE A COVIDIOT
Q: What are the current COVID-19 measures in Singapore?
A: As of 13 February 2023, the Safe Management Measures for the workplace have been fully lifted. However, employers and employees are still encouraged to adopt flexible work arrangements and staggered hours where possible. For social gatherings, there is no limit on group size or number of households, but individuals should exercise personal responsibility and avoid crowded places. For travel, there are different requirements depending on the country of origin and vaccination status of the traveller. You can find more details on the ICA website.
Q: How can I get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Singapore?
A: COVID-19 vaccination is free and voluntary for all Singaporeans and long-term residents aged 12 and above. You can book your vaccination appointment online at vaccine.gov.sg or through the HealthHub app. You can also walk in to any vaccination centre without an appointment if you are eligible. You can choose from different types of vaccines, such as Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna, Sinovac-CoronaVac, or Novavax. Bivalent vaccines can offer better protection against Omicron and other COVID-19 variants than monovalent/prototype vaccines, and you are recommended to receive the bivalent vaccines when it is made available to you.
Q: What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms?
A: If you test positive for COVID-19 or have acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell, you should stay home and isolate yourself from others. You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible and follow the instructions given by your doctor or the health authorities. You should inform your employer and co-workers about your condition and arrange for work and leave arrangements accordingly. You should also update your address and phone number on the TraceTogether app or token so that contact tracing can be done effectively.
Q: How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?
A: The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to follow the 3 Ws: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. You should also get vaccinated as soon as possible and encourage your family and friends to do the same. You should also avoid sharing personal items, such as utensils, cups, or towels, with others. You should also monitor your health regularly and seek medical help if you feel unwell.
Q: How can I be kind and respectful to others during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: COVID-19 has affected everyone in different ways. Some people may be facing stress, anxiety, depression, or loneliness due to the pandemic. Some people may also be facing discrimination or stigma due to their health status, race, or nationality. You can be kind and respectful to others by showing empathy and compassion to those who are struggling or facing challenges. You can also offer support or assistance to those who need it, such as by checking in on them, listening to them, or helping them with their daily needs. You can also avoid spreading rumors or misinformation about COVID-19 that may cause fear or panic among others.
Q: Where can I find more information about COVID-19 in Singapore?
A: You can find more information about COVID-19 in Singapore from the official sources, such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Manpower, or the Gov.sg website. You can also subscribe to the Gov.sg WhatsApp channel or follow the Gov.sg Facebook page for regular updates on COVID-19. You can also call the National CARE Hotline at 1800 202 6868 if you need emotional or psychological support during this difficult time.
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