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La covid-19 : une crise inédite

Covid-19: an unprecedented crisis

Our conversation this time is about something which has been central to our lives around the world since the beginning of the year. We are speaking, of course, about the coronavirus pandemic.

Our lesson is quite a long one this time and contains a whole range of interesting vocabulary. To discover how to use expressions such as the following, let's get started!

  • se rétrécir = (to shrink)
  • aplatir la courbe = (to flatten the curve)
  • le personnel soignant = (care staff)
  • faire face = (to cope)
  • médecins (m) retraités = (retired doctors)
  • soigner = (to care (for))
  • les services d’urgence = (the emergency services)
  • tarder = (to delay)
  • appareils (m) d’assistance resiratoire = (breathing apparatuses)
  • équipements de protection individuelle = (personal protective equipment)
  • contenir l’épidémie = (to contain the epidemic)
  • système (m) de santé = (health system)
  • être en réanimation = (to be in intensive care)
  • monter [qqc] en épingle = (to make an issue of [s.t.])
  • dissimuler [qqc] = (to hide [s.t.])
  • les scientifiques = (scientists)
  • traitement (m) = (treatment)
  • l’OMS = (the WHO)
  • vaccin (m) = (vaccine)
  • les chercheurs (m) = (researchers)
  • impuissance (f) = (powerlessness)
  • guérir = (to recover)
  • reprendre le travail = (to start work again)
  • rouvrir [les écoles] = (to reopen [schools])
  • les secteurs les plus sinistrés = (the most badly affected sectors)
  • mondialisation (f) = (globalisation)
  • vulnérabilité (f) = (vulnerability)
  • approvisionnements (m) = (supplies)

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