10 ways COVID-19 changed the world

The year 2020 was defined by the coronavirus pandemic, probably the worst pandemic the world has known in the last 100 years. COVID-19 has caused more than 75 million cases and 1.6 million deaths worldwide since mid-December. The disease has affected almost every aspect of life, from work and school to daily activities such as shopping and even our closets.

Here are just a few of the ways COVID-19 has changed the world in 2020.

New vocabulary

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A number of new words and phrases entered the general lexicon in 2020. We were told that we must “social distance, “Or stay six feet away so we can”flatten the curve, “or slow the spread of the disease to reduce the burden on the health system. People have even become familiar with relatively obscure epidemiological terms, such as”basic reproduction number‘(R0, pronounced R-naught), or the average number of people catching the virus from a single infected person. And, of course, the name of the disease itself, COVID-19, is a new term, along with the World Health Organization the official name of the disease on February 11th.

Wardrobe supplement

Cloth face masks

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The mandatory fashion item of 2020 was a small piece of cloth to put around your face.