Melanie Verwoerd | Tsek 2020!

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A medical worker tests a student for COVID-19 at a pop-up testing site in New York City on October 8, 2020.
A medical worker tests a student for COVID-19 at a pop-up testing site in New York City on October 8, 2020.
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As we count down the end of this year, let us wipe our tears and shout as loudly as we can: “TSEK 2020!”, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Is it possible that only a year ago most of us didn’t know the meaning of "lockdown" or "Covid" or "viral load"? Now of course we are all just short of a doctorate in virology and know better than any government or the WHO how to handle a pandemic. 

This time of the year, dictionaries (or rather the people who work there) add one or two new words. Unsurprisingly Covid-related words such as "social distancing" and "super spreader" were top of the list in 2020.

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