Our day-to-day life has been upended with COVID-19. While it would be nice to just ignore it and have it all go away, that is not our current reality. Many of us, including myself, have felt helpless in this situation. It recently dawned on me that while I am not a medical provider, I am a Spanish teacher that can compile a list of Spanish vocabulary for those providing care to Coronavirus/COVID-19 patients in order to help bridge the communication gap. Please print out this list to share with others who may need it. If I missed any that you need, please leave me a message below and I will be sure to add it right away! If you would like a structured course to improve your Spanish, click here to learn about our self-paced or instructor-led online Medical Spanish courses.
The Noun "Coronavirus"
The word coronavirus, just like the Spanish word virus, is the same in singular or plural forms in Spanish. For example:
- el coronavirus, el virus
- los coronavirus, los virus
Let’s start out with some common nouns when talking about Coronavirus or COVID-19. All of the following vocabulary lists will be organize by first in English, followed by Spanish, and then a phonetic pronunciation of the Spanish word. ¡Vamos!
The following verbs are in the “infinitive” form – meaning that they haven’t yet been changed according to the subject.
Using some of the verbs above, these phrases have been conjugated so that you are able to use them for your patients and their families.
Now it is time to ask our patients about their symptoms. Here are some of the more common phrases that you may see patients come in with.
After you learn of the patient’s symptoms, you may need to say some of the following symptoms when talking about the next steps.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Once the tests have come back, now you can give your patients a diagnosis and treatments options.
Statistics and Conditions
You see the numbers and statistics daily. Let’s see how to express those in Spanish.
Finally, I have some other questions and phrases that you may find useful.
Last but not least...
I hope you found these Spanish vocabulary words and phrases helpful as you continue to help your Spanish-speaking patients. Thank you for all that you are doing!