ESL Video Discussion – What Is a Coronavirus?


what is coronavirus

What are the most popular things of 2020? Toilet paper, masks, sanitisers. 
What is the reason? The coronavirus pandemic.


    • What do you know about a coronavirus?
    • When & where was the first case of COVID-19?
    • What are the most common symptoms of coronaviruses?
    • How long have coronaviruses existed?
    • Were you tested positive for COVID-19?


  • What did the scientists look for in the isolated caverns?
  • Did they find it? What was it?
  • What are coronaviruses?
  • How many coronaviruses are there on the planet?
  • How many of them infect humans & cause disease?
  • What are the features of COVID-19?
  • How does it spread?
  • What may damage a coronavirus?
  • What is common for the Ebola, Zika, SARS, & COVID-19?
  • What are the key differences between coronaviruses & most RNA viruses?

Look at the list of useful words and expressions from the text and get ready to retell it.

severe impact = impact severely
infect humans (lungs)
cause disease (illness, COVID-19)
spread easily
enclosed spaces
immune system


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