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60 seconds on . . . jargon

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 11 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3567
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

It’s everywhere

You’re telling me. Terms that used to be the preserve of scientists are suddenly being bandied around by politicians on national television, brought up over a coffee with friends, or appearing in the family WhatsApp group. Flattening the curve to the R number and contact tracing have all entered the general lexicon since SARS-CoV-2 emerged.

I love those words, they make me sound so clever

Uhm. While it’s good that everyone is involved in the discussion and some of these terms can be helpful, problems can …

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