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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #123237: Vocabulary: germs and viruses
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    Vocabulary: germs and viruses

    This isn't an "opportunistic lesson" trying to ride the wave of present health issues... Covid-19 will just be mentioned, not studied, even though every reader will certainly be thinking about it... and about SARS (2003), MERS (2012), and EBOLA (2013)... Here, I'll simply give informations about germs in general, ... all the germs and viruses which have hurt people for a few decades, and for centuries.


    Human beings have to get used to these enemies even if, in some cases, we now have vaccines against some of them. 

    We'll have to repeat, and repeat the same useful tips in case of epidemics, remembering that these tips are not to be forgotten in normal life. Let's wash our hands, let's avoid useless contacts such as multiple handshakes, kisses. Let's avoid large meetings in confined places, and of course, let's stay home - or in hospital - if we're suffering from the disease. We can only hope that our young ones will get used to these measures which are quite unpleasant, I must admit... 





     Health=> be healthy To be in good/ poor health 
     To be sound/ be fit  to be exhausted 
     To be out of sorts

     To be off colour (BR)

     To be under the weather (US)                                     

     A germ/ a bug A virus
     To pass an illness on to sb                                      

     contagious/ contaminable/

     catching diseases 

     An infectious disease 

     an epidemic of flu

     A flu outbreak




    The best way to avoid passing on germs and viruses: wash your hands properly




    1.      2.     3. 

    1. Let's wash our hands again and again...            

    2. If told to, let's wear a protection mask...                                                                                                                               

    3.  Mostly let's wash our hands properly and teach little ones to do it too...



    - I'm not feeling too good.

    - I'm feeling terrible!

    - I'm aching all over! 

    - He has a fever/ a temperature.

    - To have fits of coughing/ of sneezing.


     stable condition  critical condition 
     no cause for alarm                                                    take a turn for the worse 
     To be taken ill to have a relapse
     confined in bed  In the ICU *

     To get over stg

     To recover from => recovery

     To get back on one's feet again                                        
     To be cured  To be over the worst 
     out of danger To pull through 

    * ICU= Intensive Care Unit




    - How are you feeling? 

    - To be as fit as a fiddle

    - To be blooming with health

    - His condition gives no cause for alarm 





    No psychosis, or unfounded fears, but no carelessness and excessive or unjustified withdrawal into yourselves! Let's protect ourselves and protect others too! Have a good test ! 


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    1. 'Oh poor Lucy! You're really ... You should stay at home today... No school for you.'

    2. 'Yes, Mum, you’re right! I’m really and I think ...'.

    3. 'You’ve been and ... Don’t forget to use disposable tissues and bin them.'

    4. 'Oh dear, Mum! You think I have a . Should I go to the hospital?'

    5. 'Don’t panic, Lucy! There’s no real ... Of course the flu is contagious, I don’t want the whole family to catch it.'

    6. 'You’d better be for a day or two, have a rest and drink a lot of herb teas.'

    7. 'Now, we should the virus to your brother and friends. As for me, I’ll wear a and latex free gloves to take care of you.'

    8. 'Don’t worry, you’ll this virus attack quite naturally. Have a good rest for a few days. I'll take good care of you.'

    9. 'I’m sure you’ll have this flu next week and will be for Julia’s coming birthday party...'




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