The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is now being felt around the world. The pandemic has taken over the news cycle, shut down entire countries and economies, tragically killed thousands and left billions quarantined in their homes while practicing social distancing.

If you are stuck at home and want to learn key coronavirus vocabulary words in Chinese, take this opportunity to learn some of the most commonly used Chinese words and phrases regarding the coronavirus.

General Coronavirus Vocabulary

CharacterPinyinEnglish
新型冠状病毒xīn xíng guān zhuàng bìng dúCOVID-19
疫情yì qíngepidemic
病毒bìng dúvirus
恢复huī fùto recover
封城fēng chéngcity-wide lockdown
疑似病例yí sì bìng lìsuspected case
确诊病例què zhěn bìng lìconfirmed case
治愈(率)zhì yù lǜcure (rate)
死亡(率)sǐ wáng lǜmortality (rate)
湖北省hú běi shěngHubei Province
武汉wǔ hànWuhan
症状zhèng zhuàngsymptoms
传染chuán rǎnto infect
肺炎fèi yánpneumonia
世界卫生组织shì jiè wèi shēng zǔ zhīWorld Health Organization
医院yī yuànhospital
医生yī shēngdoctor
重症监护室zhòng zhèng jiān hù shìIntensive care unit (ICU)
海鲜市场hǎi xiān shì chǎngseafood market
野味(儿)yě wèi ('er)dishes made from wild animals
取消qǔ xiāocancel
口罩kǒu zhàomask
戴口罩dài kǒu zhàoto wear a mask
吃药chī yàoto take medicine
免洗洗手液miǎn xǐ xǐ shǒu yèhand sanitizer
消毒xiāo dúto disinfect/to sterilize
洗手xǐ shǒuto wash your hands
隔离gé líquarantine
少出门shǎo chū méngo out less often
护目镜hù mù jìngsafety goggles
防护服fáng hù fúprotective clothing
手套shǒu tàogloves

 

Coronavirus Symptoms in Chinese

CharacterPinyinEnglish
鼻塞bí sāito have a stuffy nose/to feel congested
生病shēng bìngto get sick/to be ill
喉咙痛hóu lóng tòngto have a sore throat
发烧fā shāoto have a fever
呼吸困难hū xī kùn nàndifficulty breathing/heavy breathing
咳嗽ké souto cough
⼲咳gān kédry cough

 

Chinese Phrases Related to Coronavirus

CharacterPinyinEnglish
武汉加油!wǔ hàn jiā yóu!Stay strong Wuhan!
中国加油!zhōng guó jiā yóu!Stay strong China!
祝你身体健康。zhù nǐ shēn tǐ jiàn kāng.Wishing you good health.
你最近怎么样?nǐ zuì jìn zěn me yàng?How have you been recently?
你的家人最近还好吗?nǐ de jiā rén zuì jìn hái hǎo ma?Have your family been okay recently?
你不舒服吗?nǐ bù shū fu ma?Are you not feeling well?
希望你早点好起来。xī wàng nǐ zǎo diǎn hǎo qǐ lai.I hope you get better soon.
好好休息。hǎo hāo xiū xi.Rest up.