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Pandemic Inspires More Than 1,200 New German Words
The pandemic has changed how people talk and write. In English, dictionaries have noted a few dozen new entries and revisions: social distancing, frontliner, super-spreader, "Zoom" as a verb.

But in Germany, lexicographers at the Leibniz Institute for the German Language have compiled more than 1,200 new words related to the coronavirus pandemic.


German's propensity for compounding words has been a big part of the proliferation.

For example, Coronamutationsgebiet is an area where coronavirus mutations are widespread. A Geisterveranstaltung (ghost event) is an event with no people in attendance, usually sports. Live music is allowed, provided the audience remains in their cars, at an Autokonzert.

... There are several variations on "face mask."

Mundschutzmode includes "Mund for mouth, Schutz for protection and Mode as a term for fashion. So a literal translation would be mouth protection fashion," Stefanowitsch says.

But Germans have also referred to a Gesichtskondom — a "face condom," which he notes creates a "novel image" in your head. Behelfsmundnasenschutz would be an "improvised mouth nose protection."

Maulkorb, or muzzle, is not on the list of new words. But people opposed to mask requirements are using the word muzzle in a new way: "to portray adherence to sensible public health measures as an act of submission under an authoritarian government," Stefanowitsch says. "So that's been a stroke of genius from their perspective."

Only a small fraction of new pandemic words will likely make it into the dictionary. He thinks the ones that are most precise have more lasting potential.

"Kontaktbeschränkungen, contact restrictions, and Ausgehbeschränkung, going out restrictions, those are interesting," he says.
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/06/974179580/pandemic-inspires-more-than-1-200-new-german-words

Senate Narrowly Passes Biden’s Pandemic Relief Plan

The Senate passed President Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus bill on Saturday, with a party-line vote of 50-49. The package must now move back to the House before being signed into law.

Schumer: The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of American life, so this bill spans the gamut and provides support to every part of our country. For Americans who doubted that the government can help them in this time of crisis, you’ll be getting direct checks. Your schools will receive assistance to reopen quickly and safely. Your local businesses will get another lifeline. And the day when you receive the vaccine will be a lot sooner. The American Rescue Plan will go down as one of the most sweeping federal recovery efforts in history. Our job right now is to help our country get from this stormy present to that hopeful future. And it starts with voting ‘aye’ on the legislation before us. Vote ‘yes’ on the American Rescue Plan.”

McConnell: “Voters gave Senate Democrats the slimmest possible majority. Voters picked a president who promised unity and bipartisanship. Democrats’ response is to ram through what they call, quote, ‘the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation’ on a razor-thin majority in both houses. We could have worked together to speed up victory, but our Democratic colleagues made a decision. Their top priority wasn’t pandemic relief. It was their Washington wish— wish list. So Mr. President and colleagues, I strongly recommend a ‘no’ vote.”

“The yeas are 50. The nays are 49. The bill as amended is passed.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007640563/senate-passes-coronavirus-relief-bill.html

Biden Says Stimulus Plan Will ‘Meet the Most Urgent Needs of the Nation’

President Biden celebrated the Senate’s passage of his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan on Saturday, saying it will bring urgent relief to struggling Americans and businesses, in addition to cutting child poverty by half.

Today, I can say we’ve taken one more giant step forward in delivering on that promise that help is on the way. I want to thank — start off by thanking — the vice president, but I want to thank all of the senators who worked so hard to reach a compromise to do the right thing for the American people during this crisis and voted to pass the American Rescue Plan. It obviously wasn’t easy, it wasn’t always pretty, but it was so desperately needed, urgently needed. This nation has suffered too much for much too long. And everything in this package is designed to relieve the suffering and to meet the most urgent needs of the nation and put us in a better position to prevail, starting with beating this virus and vaccinating the country. The resources in this plan will be used to expand and speed up manufacturing and distribution of vaccines. This plan will get checks out the door starting this month to the American people who so desperately need the help. This plan puts us on a path to beating the virus. This plan gives those families who are struggling the most the help and the breathing room they need to get through this moment. This plan gives small businesses in this country a fighting chance to survive. And one more thing — this plan is historic. Taken altogether, this plan is going to make it possible to cut child poverty in half. When I was elected, I said, “We’re going to get the government out of the business of battling on Twitter, and back in the business of delivering for the American people.” Of making a difference in their lives, giving everyone a chance, a fighting chance. Of showing the American people that their government can work for them. And passing the American Rescue Plan will do that.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007640602/biden-stimulus-plan.html

Dalai Lama Receives His First Covid-19 Vaccine Shot

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, received his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Saturday, in Dharamsala, India. He urged others to “have courage” to get vaccinated.

In order to prevent some serious problems, this injection is very, very helpful. Very good. So those other patients, also, you should take this injection. I want to share: More people, they should have courage to take this injection.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/world/dalai-lama-covid-vaccine.html

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, but often include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. Symptoms begin one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Most people (81%) develop mild to moderate symptoms (up to mild pneumonia), while 14% develop severe symptoms (dyspnea, hypoxia, or more than 50% lung involvement on imaging) and 5% of patients suffer critical symptoms (respiratory failure, shock, or multiorgan dysfunction). At least a third of the people who are infected with the virus remain asymptomatic and do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time, but can spread the disease. Some patients continue to experience a range of effects—known as long COVID—for months after recovery and damage to organs has been observed. Multi-year studies are underway to further investigate the long term effects of the disease.

Source: Coronavirus disease 2019 - Wikipedia