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The coronavirus, called Covid-19, has changed almost every country in the world. Countries around the world are on lockdown and desperately trying to fight the virus. More than 2.5 billion people have now been ordered to stay at home. It is expected that many more people will have to lockdown before this is over. Many people have started working from home but in some countries, people who cannot work from home are losing their jobs. At least 3.28 million Americans lost their jobs in one week.

The virus is now the biggest concern for every country in the world. Businesses have been closed, events have been cancelled and people’s lives have drastically changed. Even the Olympics has been delayed to 2021. Some people are comparing the situation to the apocalypse. Around the world streets are empty, stores are closed and there are no people, like something from an apocalyptic movie. There has been panic buying in various countries and some supermarkets have been running out of food.

For now, life seems to have changed completely. Nobody knows when life can return to normal. 4 months after Covid-19 was first discovered in China, the country is still suffering as people continue to stay home and businesses are still closed. It is uncertain when the world will be able to return to normal, things could be different for a long time.

Difficult Words

Lockdown (n/v): People being made to stay in one place.

Drastically (adv): To have a strong effect.

Delay (n/v): To make something later.

Apocalypse (n): The end of the world.

Panic (v): To be nervous and scared.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Lockdown  A. Extreme
 2. Drastically  B. World end.
 3. Delay  C. Fear
 4. Apocalypse  D. Isolated
 5. Panic  E. Make late.

True or False?

1. Covid-19 has changed most countries around the world. T / F

2. Some countries are locked down to stop the virus. T / F

3. Less than a billion people have been told to stay at home. T / F

4. The Olympics will still take place in 2020. T / F

5. Panic buying has made some places run out of food. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. have / people / Many / home / started / working / from

2. least / At / lost / 3.28 million Americans / jobs / their

3. virus / is / the biggest / concern / The / now / every country / for

4. has / delayed / Even / Olympics / been / the

5. are / Around / streets / world / empty / the

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Completely Desperately Uncertain
Apocalyptic Cancelled Losing

The coronavirus, called Covid-19, has changed almost every country in the world. Countries around the world are on lockdown and (1)_____________ trying to fight the virus. More than 2.5 billion people have now been ordered to stay at home. It is expected that many more people will have to lockdown before this is over. Many people have started working from home but in some countries, people who cannot work from home are (2)__________ their jobs. At least 3.28 million Americans lost their jobs in one week.

The virus is now the biggest concern for every country in the world. Businesses have been closed, events have been (3)__________ and people’s lives have drastically changed. Even the Olympics has been delayed to 2021. Some people are comparing the situation to the apocalypse. Around the world streets are empty, stores are closed and there are no people, like something from an (4)______________ movie. There has been panic buying in various countries and some supermarkets have been running out of food.

For now, life seems to have changed (5)____________. Nobody knows when life can return to normal. 4 months after Covid-19 was first discovered in China, the country is still suffering as people continue to stay home and businesses are still closed. It is _____________ when the world will be able to return to normal, things could be different for a long time.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you know how many people have been infected in your country?
5. Is anywhere in your country locked down?
6. Are you or have you been in quarantine?
7. Have people lost their jobs in your country because of Covid-19?
8. Has your country done anything to protect the economy?
9. Do you believe your country cares more about protecting the economy or the people?
10.  Are any businesses or services closed in your country?
11. Do you think the economy of your country will suffer?
12. Are you happy with how your country’s government has handled the virus?
13. Is everyone in your country following your government’s recommendations?
14. Is your country testing many people?
15. Have any important events been cancelled in your country?
16. What do you think about the Olympics being delayed?
17. How has your life changed since the virus was discovered?
18. Does the idea of staying at home for a long period of time make you uncomfortable?
19. Have any famous people been diagnosed with Covid-19 in your country?
20. Do you know anyone who has been infected?