|Fight the Virus - based on Simon & Garfunkel's Sound of Silence (Alvin Oon)
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A song talking about the coronavirus and how to fight it.
Learn some basic vocabulary you will find associated with this coronavirus in this song based on Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence".
Hello virus from Wuhan
Another problem’s here again
Because you see the contagion creeping
And the virus is indeed spreading
And the memory of SARS planted in my brain
We stand and fight the virus
We hear of theories how it grew
from snakes and bats became a flu
Passing the sickness from man to man
Now it’s growing, getting out of hand
It’s a virus that has travelled near and far
We have to fight the virus
And in the latest news I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People falling sick with much coughing
People falling ill with much sneezing
People worried for their health and their ones so dear
We keep the fight the virus
Keep your hand clean, always know
Hygiene will stop that virus grow
When you sneeze cover with a tissue
Even coughing just let me teach you
Wear a mask if you are sick
So that others won’t get it too
We count on you
to help to fight the virus
Together we must overcome
To beat the virus fight as one
For a life of health and harmony
It’s in our hands, it’s up to you and me
For the health of our land, of our friends and family
We will win this fight the virus
WUHAN= The Chinese city where this virus appeared first.
CONTAGION= A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease.
CREEPING= Slowly moving like an insect.
INDEED= A word used to emphasize (really, truly)
SPREADING= Extending, covering a larger area, growing in space.
SARS= Another coronavirus from the same family which appeared in China in 2003.
FLU= Influenza. An acute contagious viral infection of humans, characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and prostration. Also called grippe.
SICKNESS= Disease, illness.
OUT OF HAND= Out of control.
NEAR AND FAR= Everywhere.
Corona= ("crown" in Latin) Short for coronavirus.
MUCH COUGHIN= /kɒfɪŋ/ Coughing a lot. To cough is to expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, like when you have a cold, for example.
SNEEZE= A sudden explosion of air through your mouth and nose, like when you are allergic to something.
THEIR ONES SO DEAR= Their loved ones, the people they love.
PNEUMONIA= /nju:məʊnɪə/ An acute or chronic disease marked by inflammation of the lungs.
WE KEEP THE FIGHT THE VIRUS= This is a tricky sentence which is really a game of words. To make sense, you must split it in two parts: 1- We keep the fight / 2- Fight the virus. So the word FIGHT is being used by both sentences at the same time.
HYGIENE= /haɪdʒi:n/ Conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health, especially referred to keeping clean.
WE COUNT ON YOU= We believe you will help us.
OVERCOME= To defeat, to be victorious in a fight.
TO BEAT= To defeat, to win.
IT'S IN OUR HANDS= We can do it if we decide to do it.
IT'S UP TO YOU= It's your decision.
WE WILL WIN THIS FIGHT THE VIRUS= Again, the same word game we saw before, where FIGHT is used by two sentences, so it should be read as: 1- We will win this fight / 2- Fight the virus.