COVID-19 Glossary

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N95 respirator (face mask)

Personal protective equipment that is used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face.

negative-pressure rooms

Rooms specifically designed for patients with contagious diseases that contain any circulating air in the room and prevent it from being released into any other part of the hospital.

novel coronavirus (nCoV)

Any new coronavirus that hasn’t been studied yet or that has just emerged. When SARS-CoV-2 was first found, it was called 2019-nCoV. The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the disease, which is called COVID-19.