Signs for CORONAVIRUS

The signs were emerging in early 2020 and no ASL sign has been yet officially adopted. Those signs are subject to change or modification over time.

Note that those signs refer to coronavirus in general, not specifically COVID-19. Use fingerspelling for COVID-19 as "COVID19" or "COV19".

ASL signs for CORONAVIRUS

Meaning: any of a group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans and other animals.

A loanword as seen/used in Europe and Japan. Now prevalently used in America.

Emerged in early 2020 in Japan, as seen in some European and Asian countries.

Phonological variation.

This seemed to be evolved out of the original signs.

Variation.

Earlier emergence before the loanwords above, when there was no conventional ASL sign yet.

ASL learner tip: be sure not to confuse this sign CORONAVIRUS with CARBON-DIOXIDE (opposite palm orientation for the 2/V part).


Related signs: VIRUS, social distancing, OUTBREAK, FLATTEN the curve, EPIDEMIC, PANDEMIC, SUPER-SPREADER, elbow bump.

More... EBOLA, H1N1 flu virus.

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