NEW YORK (WABC) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo debuted his "Semi-Official Post COVID-19 Dictionary of New York State" during a press briefing on Sunday.
Cuomo listed some phrases and terms that are either new to the nation's vernacular amid the coronavirus pandemic or now have a different meaning.
For example, Cuomo warned there is a difference between herd immunity and heard immunity, and he also pointed out that in addition to a COVID-15, there is also a COVID-20 and even a COVID-25.
Some of the terms are common knowledge while others allowed the governor to have a little fun.
Here are some of the highlights the governor shared on Sunday:
-Antigen Tests: Immunoassays that detect the presence of a specific viral antigen, which implies current viral infection
-Blursday: When all the days of the week start to blur together
-Briefing: Daily factual source of news
-Bubble: A group of friends or family quarantining together as a group. See also: pod
-Community spread: When infection moves through a set area, causing uncertainty over how and when infection occurs
-Contact tracing: Stops the spread by alerting others to positive status
-Containment zone: Isolated area to help stop the spread
-COVID Express: The plane the virus came to New York on
-COVID-15: Weight gained from stress/boredom-eating during the pandemic
-Covidiot: Someone who underestimates the danger the virus poses. See also: moronavirus
-Doomscrolling: When you can't stop consuming the bad news on Twitter
-Essential business: The stores and services that keep our state running
-Essential workers: The people who risked their own lives so the rest of us could stay home. See also: hero
-Flatten the curve: Our collective efforts to stop the spread, bring down the infection rate and save lives
-Herd immunity: When enough people are immune from the virus that the whole community becomes immune
-Heard immunity: When someone mistakenly believes they're immune, via word of mouth
-KN-95: Chinese-made respirator mask shown to be less effective than an N-95 mask
-Micro-cluster: A hotspot COVID outbreak identified on a block-by-block level
-N-95: A highly effective type of respirator or surgical mask
-New York Tough: Type of strength needed to overcome a pandemic. See also: Smart, United, Disciplined, Loving
-Powerpoint: The world's most effective and beautiful form of communication
-PPE: Gear that protects yourself - and protects others
-Quarantine: Staying home to save lives
-Quaranteam: The squad that helps you get through it all. See also: Quaranfam
-Quarantini: An alcoholic beverage consumed during quarantine
-Rapid test: The fastest and most painless way to learn your infection status
-Rona: For when you just don't have the energy to say the whole thing
-Self-isolation: Precautionary measure when you think you might be infected
-Social distancing: Staying apart to stop the spread. Known to actually bring New Yorkers closer together
-Super-spreader: Single source of a large-scale outbreak. See also: Trump, D.
-Surge-and-flex: Effective strategy to prevent any single hospital from becoming overwhelmed
-Surgical mask: Loose-fitting, disposable devices that cover the mouth
-V.A.P.: Vaccine Administration Program - a strategy to ensure the distribution and administration of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to all New Yorkers.
-WFH: Working from home. Not quite a vacation, not quite a work day
-Zoom: Video-conferencing service appropriate for work, parties, weddings and everything in between
-Zoom shirt: That one nice shirt you have for your video meetings. All other clothing TBD
Cuomo says the dictionary is a work in progress. If you have any ideas or suggestions, click here to submit them.
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