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Restart/COVID-19 Editorial Style Guide

Style guide for frequently used words and phrases during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 (name of the disease): Avoid “Covid-19” and “COVID”
  • Coronavirus (the virus that causes COVID-19): Variation: “the virus that causes COVID-19”
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on first mention; CDC on subsequent (note “Centers” is plural)
  • Department of Health on first mention, DOH on subsequent
  • Face masks, masks, or shields (rather than “face coverings”)
  • Face-to-face instruction (rather than "in-person" or "on-campus)
  • Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 even without symptoms away from others.
  • "Knights Protecting Knights" (tagline as needed)
  • Online learning (rather than "remote" or "distance")
  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.
  • Physical distancing (rather than “social distancing”)
  • Restart (rather than “reopen”)
  • Cliches to avoid: unparalleled, unprecedented, new normal, silver lining