COVID-19 Literature: Language Matters. Read about Dr. Lednicky’s review paper that discusses how jargon affects COVID-19 research

Jan. 28, 2021: Tucked away in a lengthy review of COVID-19 literature is an intriguing discussion of how jargon affects COVID-19 research, as experts from different fields use common terms but define them differently.

In a wide-ranging review paper, a UF virologist and his interdisciplinary colleagues summarize aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss how the jargon used by researchers from different fields can hinder efforts to solve the COVID-19 pandemic while also frustrating the public.

The article, in press at the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, reviews what is known about related coronaviruses that have spilled over into humans, and potential exposure pathways to humans from bats given that their guano is used as fertilizer, Chinese medicine, and even to bandage injuries.

Read the rest of the story from EPI at the link here.

John Lednicky
Department: Department of Environmental and Global Health

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