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Glossary of Terminology Copy

Using the right language in your COVID-19 plan is critical. These days, there are so many different definitions and terms used; it might be confusing. This lesson will define the most commonly used words, answer questions like who is considered asymptomatic, what are the different types of COVID-19 tests, and what a close contact is.

You will also find an extensive glossary of terminology to review and download at the end of this lesson. 

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Key takeaways:

  • Download and review the glossary to learn the definitions of commonly used terms defined by the CDC.
  • It is essential to understand and use the correct terminology when writing your COVID-19 prevention plan to avoid confusion.
  • Asymptomatic: A person who does not report or appear to have symptoms or signs of illness.
  • Asymptomatic positive: They have received a positive test result.
  • There are two types of COVID-19 tests; viral type and antibody type. 
    • Viral type PCR test: This test looks for the actual virus protein, typically via a swab in the nasal passage.
    • Viral type Antigen: This test looks for specific proteins, typically showing results in 15 minutes.
    • Antibody type: This test checks your blood for antibodies after 1-3 weeks of exposure. 
  • Close contact: A person who was within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more within 24 hours.


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