20 words & phrases that defined 2020: Quarantine

BEIJING – Before 2020, “quarantine” was usually reserved for imported livestock, plants and even pets.

Twelve months in, the word has expanded into the lexicon of nearly everyone whose life has been touched by Covid-19. In Singapore, it is used to refer to those under observation in government facilities, or on a strict home isolation regime, as a result of being in close contact with someone who has been infected.

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