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Test your COVID-19 vocabulary!

How much have you learned about the coronavirus in 2020? This quiz will test your knowledge. Click below to continue.

How much have you learned about the coronavirus in 2020? This quiz will test your knowledge. Click below to continue.

How much have you learned about the coronavirus in 2020? This quiz will test your knowledge. Click below to continue.

#1 Pandemic
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a) a disease that affects a large number of people in a community
b) a disease affecting multiple countries or continents

a) a disease that affects a large number of people in a community
b) a disease affecting multiple countries or continents

a) a disease that affects a large number of people in a community
b) a disease affecting multiple countries or continents

Answer: b) a disease affecting multiple countries/continents.
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A disease outbreak in a community or region is an epidemic. COVID-19 started as an epidemic in Wuhan, China, but it quickly spread to Europe and the Americas and became a pandemic.

A disease outbreak in a community or region is an epidemic. COVID-19 started as an epidemic in Wuhan, China, but it quickly spread to Europe and the Americas and became a pandemic.

A disease outbreak in a community or region is an epidemic. COVID-19 started as an epidemic in Wuhan, China, but it quickly spread to Europe and the Americas and became a pandemic.

#2 Herd immunity
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a) Protection from an infectious disease due to most other people being immune
b) Protection from diseases in farm animals

a) Protection from an infectious disease due to most other people being immune
b) Protection from diseases in farm animals

a) Protection from an infectious disease due to most other people being immune
b) Protection from diseases in farm animals

Answer: a) protection from infection due to other people being immune.
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Experts hope that if enough people in a community become immune to COVID-19 (through vaccination or having the disease), then even people who aren’t immune will be indirectly protected, because they’re unlikely to be exposed to the virus.

Experts hope that if enough people in a community become immune to COVID-19 (through vaccination or having the disease), then even people who aren’t immune will be indirectly protected, because they’re unlikely to be exposed to the virus.

Experts hope that if enough people in a community become immune to COVID-19 (through vaccination or having the disease), then even people who aren’t immune will be indirectly protected, because they’re unlikely to be exposed to the virus.

#3 Spike protein
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a) a protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2
b) a protein used to immunize people against COVID-19

a) a protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2
b) a protein used to immunize people against COVID-19

a) a protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2
b) a protein used to immunize people against COVID-19

Answer: Both are correct!
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The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has rod-like spike proteins on its surface that latch onto cells, via a receptor called ACE2, and help the virus get inside.

And also, the new COVID-19 vaccines use genetic material that encodes the spike protein to get our immune systems to make antibodies to the virus.

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has rod-like spike proteins on its surface that latch onto cells, via a receptor called ACE2, and help the virus get inside.

And also, the new COVID-19 vaccines use genetic material that encodes the spike protein to get our immune systems to make antibodies to the virus.

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has rod-like spike proteins on its surface that latch onto cells, via a receptor called ACE2, and help the virus get inside.

And also, the new COVID-19 vaccines use genetic material that encodes the spike protein to get our immune systems to make antibodies to the virus.

#4 Antigen test
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a) A test that looks for genetic material from coronaviruses
b) A test that looks for proteins made by a virus

a) A test that looks for genetic material from coronaviruses
b) A test that looks for proteins made by a virus

a) A test that looks for genetic material from coronaviruses
b) A test that looks for proteins made by a virus

Answer: b) A test that looks for proteins made by a virus.
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COVID-19 antigen tests typically look for coronavirus proteins, such as the spike protein. They are usually done with a nasal or throat swab.

COVID-19 antigen tests typically look for coronavirus proteins, such as the spike protein. They are usually done with a nasal or throat swab.

COVID-19 antigen tests typically look for coronavirus proteins, such as the spike protein. They are usually done with a nasal or throat swab.

#5 Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
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a) An experimental drug that cuts the coronavirus, rendering it harmless
b) A type of test for COVID-19 that detects portions of the virus’s genetic code

a) An experimental drug that cuts the coronavirus, rendering it harmless
b) A type of test for COVID-19 that detects portions of the virus’s genetic code

a) An experimental drug that cuts the coronavirus, rendering it harmless
b) A type of test for COVID-19 that detects portions of the virus’s genetic code

Answer: b) A COVID-19 test that detects portions of the virus’s genetic code.
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PCR tests use special reagents, called primers and probes, that attach to specific parts of the virus’s genetic code. The test then makes millions to billions of copies of this code so it is more readily identifiable. These tests are sometimes called nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), and are the most common type of COVID-19 test available now.

PCR tests use special reagents, called primers and probes, that attach to specific parts of the virus’s genetic code. The test then makes millions to billions of copies of this code so it is more readily identifiable. These tests are sometimes called nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), and are the most common type of COVID-19 test available now.

PCR tests use special reagents, called primers and probes, that attach to specific parts of the virus’s genetic code. The test then makes millions to billions of copies of this code so it is more readily identifiable. These tests are sometimes called nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), and are the most common type of COVID-19 test available now.

#6 Cytokine storm
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a) An excessive, harmful immune response
b) A weather pattern that increases the spread of COVID-19

a) An excessive, harmful immune response
b) A weather pattern that increases the spread of COVID-19

a) An excessive, harmful immune response
b) A weather pattern that increases the spread of COVID-19

Answer: a) An excessive, harmful immune response.
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In some people with COVID-19, the immune system overreacts in trying to contain the virus. Immune cells, summoned by messengers called cytokines, flood the lungs and other organs, attacking even healthy tissue. Cytokine storms can cause severe illness and even death.

In some people with COVID-19, the immune system overreacts in trying to contain the virus. Immune cells, summoned by messengers called cytokines, flood the lungs and other organs, attacking even healthy tissue. Cytokine storms can cause severe illness and even death.

In some people with COVID-19, the immune system overreacts in trying to contain the virus. Immune cells, summoned by messengers called cytokines, flood the lungs and other organs, attacking even healthy tissue. Cytokine storms can cause severe illness and even death..

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How did you do??

6 correct answers: Excellent! You’re really up on COVID-19 science.
3-5 correct answers: Good! You’ve been paying attention to the news about COVID-19.
0-2 correct answers: There’s always more to learn! Trusted go-to sources on COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites.

6 correct answers: Excellent! You’re really up on COVID-19 science.
3-5 correct answers: Good! You’ve been paying attention to the news about COVID-19.
0-2 correct answers: There’s always more to learn! Trusted go-to sources on COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites.

6 correct answers: Excellent! You’re really up on COVID-19 science.
3-5 correct answers: Good! You’ve been paying attention to the news about COVID-19.
0-2 correct answers: There’s always more to learn! Trusted go-to sources on COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization websites.

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