Glossary

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social distancing (SOH-shull DIH-stan-sing) Social distancing is a way to stop the spread of a disease. It involves keeping at least six feet (2 m) away from other people, or staying at home.
anxiety (ang-ZY-uh-tee) Anxiety is a feeling of fear or worry. Both children and adults experience anxiety.
mammals (MAM-ullz) Mammals are animals that have warm bodies and feed their babies milk from their bodies. People are mammals.
telemedicine (TEL-uh-MED-ih-sin) Using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone to provide routine medical care is called telemedicine.
yoga (YOH-guh) Yoga is a type of training for the body and the mind. Yoga uses stretching and meditation— focusing your mind on calming thoughts. Yoga helps people become relaxed and fit.
bacteria (bak-TEER-ee-uh) Bacteria are tiny living things that are found almost everywhere. Some kinds are helpful, while others cause diseases.
ventilators (VEN-tuh-lay-turz) Ventilators are devices that allow air into and out of the lungs. Ventilators help sick patients who are unable to breathe. They allow patients time to heal until they are able to breathe on their own.
hotspots (HOT SPOTS) When talking about a virus, hot spots are areas where many people are infected with the same virus at the same time.
apologizes (uh-PAWL-uh-jize-es) When someone apologizes, she says she is sorry. Rachel apologizes to her brother.
interrupt (in-tuh-RUHPT) To interrupt is to talk over someone when they are busy or when they are talking. Good friends do not interrupt each other.
teamwork (TEEM-wurk) Teamwork is when a group of people work together to meet a goal. The friends showed teamwork when doing the project.
annoyed (uh-NOYD) Someone is annoyed when he or she is a little mad or irritated. The teacher was annoyed with Dean.
calm (KALM) To be calm is to feel relaxed and at peace. Ellie felt calm after she took a deep breath.
distracting (di-STRAKT-ing) Something is distracting when it makes people pay attention to that thing, instead of what they should be paying attention to. Dean’s behavior during class was distracting.
upset (up-SET) To be upset means to be unhappy. Nora was upset about moving.
yank (YANK) To yank something is to pull it very hard. Ellie wanted to yank the remote away from her friend.
coughs (KOFFS) Someone coughs when he or she makes a loud noise from their throat, usually while sick. Ken’s mom coughs and sneezes.
injures (IN-jurz) If a person injures herself, that means she is hurt. Paula injures her leg when she falls.
introduces (in-truh-DOOS-es) When someone presents one person to another so they know each other’s names, that person introduces them. Bethany introduces Allie to her friends.
rush (RUSH) To rush is to move quickly. Jane and her mom rush to help Paula.