10 ways COVID-19 has changed the world

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

Here are some of the ways COVID-19 has changed the world in 2020.

New vocabulary

The flattening of the curve refers to community isolation measures that keep the daily number of illnesses manageable for medical providers.

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A number of new words and phrases entered the general lexicon in 2020. We were told we must “social distance, “or stay six feet apart, so that we can”flatten the curve, “or slow the spread of the disease in order to reduce the burden on the health care system. People have even become familiar with relatively obscure epidemiological terms like”basic reproduction number“(R0, pronounced R-nothing), or the average number of people who catch the virus from a single infected person. And of course, the name of the disease itself, COVID-19, is a new term, with the World Health Organization officially naming the disease on February 11.

Adding a wardrobe

Sheet masks

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The must-have fashion element of 2020 was a small piece of fabric to put around your face.