Video #9 COVID-19: The meaning of the name COVID-19

Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and Richard Trudgen talk about the meaning of the name COVID-19

Many Yolŋu are confused because two names are being used for the disease; Coronavirus and COVID-19.

This program discusses the meaning of the name COVID-19 and where it comes from. It breaks down the construction of the name. CO means corona. VI means virus. D equals disease and 19 is when the disease started in China 2019.

The traditional worldview of Yolŋu means they want in-depth, science-based information in order to understand any new topic. This is what Yolŋu call the “dhuḏi-dhäwu” – the deep true story. This full series of videos attempts to answer some of their questions from a Yolŋu worldview, using their linguistic construction of knowledge.

Watch the full series by clicking the links below:

Please note: Videos 1–7 are currently not available due to the unfortunate passing of one of the presenters. These videos will come back online again once permission is given from the family. Thank you for your understanding.


Hardwords discussed