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The Corona Code

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

By Melissa Tumbeiro

2020 was supposed to be “the year” for everyone. The start of a new decade, a clean slate. Then, COVID-19 came into the picture. In the blink of an eye, there was a global pandemic going on and everyone was stuck in quarantine for a year. However, it may not be all bad. Since the extended lockdown began, many people have coined new catch phrases to represent what the COVID-19 pandemic is all about.

Here is everything you need to know to understand the new “Corona Code”:

Graphic Credit to David F. Walker

1. The Rona (aka:Miss Rona): Basically, a fancy name for the Coronavirus, but with spice and sass.

How to use it in a sentence:

“How’s the Rona treating you?” “Miss Rona is so high maintenance! Thanks to her high standards, we had to cancel our party!”

2. Quaranteam: The group of people that you suffered with—I mean, lived with—during quarantine.

How to use it in a sentence:

“Thanks to my parents' great generosity, I moved back home in March and joined their quaranteam.”

3. Corona baby: The couples who were not killing each other during quarantine were making babies and reproducing like the virus itself. These babies will be known forever as “corona babies.”

How to use it in a sentence:

“My aunt and uncle are having a corona baby. Guess we know what they were doing during quarantine.”

4. Covid-15: It is like the freshman fifteen, but the quarantine edition. Many people gained weight from being locked up with nothing to do except open their fridge ten times a day.

How to use it in a sentence:

“So much for Hot Girl Summer. I'll never be able to get a bikini body with this COVID- 15 on my stomach!"

5. Covidiot: These are the people that believe COVID-19 is "fake news,” and do not wear their masks.

How to use it in a sentence:

“Look at those Covidiots having a party like we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic.”

6. Zoom Fatigue: The state of mind brought on by the physical and mental drain of constant Zoom meetings.

How to use it in a sentence:

“The worst part of Zoom Fatigue is that it makes me feel like I want to get in bed, even though I’m already in bed!”

7. Blursday: What day is it, again? Do any of us really know?

How to use it in a sentence:

Mick: Hey Keith, happy Blursday. Keith: Blursday? Isn't it Wednesday? Mick: Whatever!

8. Coronacut: The at-home haircuts that even the virus would stay away from.

How to use it in a sentence:

“COVID-19 isn't the only thing keeping you from getting a girlfriend. That coronacut is doing most of the work for you!"

9. Quarantine bae: The significant other that you spent quarantine with or the person who slid into your DMs during quarantine that you will probably ghost when in-person contact resumes.

How to use it in a sentence:

“Bro I had this virtual date with quarantine bae the other day and let's just say, FaceTime calls are as far as this relationship will go."

10. The Before Time: The time before COVID-19 took over our lives.

How to use it in a sentence:

“Dude, let’s break the rules and throw a party like we did in The Before Time. We’ll call it a BYOM—bring your own mask!”

Although these are just ten words from The Corona Code, they are far from the only ones. Some honorable mentions include Coronacation and Coronapocalpse.

Remember to keep this guide handy for all your virtual meetings. The Corona Code is essential to our new way of life, especially because the Covidiots are probably going to keep us in quarantine for much longer.

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