Hello, learners of English. One of the most recent ESL conversations that we can learn today is about the COVID-19 conversation at the medical centre. Here is a transcript of a conversation that can help you understand how English is used in a conversation with a doctor at the medical centre. Before practicing, make sure to understand the following important words:
- symptoms – it means signs
- temperature – it means the hotness or coldness of something
- regularly – it means the uniform intervals of time
- social distancing – it means the practice of maintaining a greater than usual physical distance
- self-isolate – it means to remain apart from others for a period of time, especially in order to prevent the transmission or acquisition of an infectious disease.
- prescription – it means an instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment
COVID-19 ESL Conversation At the Medical Centre
Doctor: Good morning, Mr. Johnson. What can I do for you?
Mr. Johnson: Well doctor, I’ve had this dry cough for the past couple of days and I think I might have a bit of a fever too.
Doctor: Mmm, let me take your temperature. 38.5 degrees. That is quite high. Have you got any other symptoms?
Mr. Johnson: Well, I’ve been feeling very tired lately and I’ve got these aches and pains all over my body.
Doctor: And do you have any difficulty breathing?
Mr. Johnson: Yes, I do tend to get out of breath very quickly.
Doctor: I see, What about your sense of taste and smell?
Mr. Johnson: Now that you mention it, I think I may have lost those too.
Doctor: I’m afraid it looks like you’ve caught the corona virus.
Mr. Johnson: But I always wear my mask when I go out and I regularly wash my hands. And I’ve been respecting all the social distancing rules.
Doctor: Well, we can’t be sure unless you take a test. In any case you’re going to have to self-isolate for the next seven days. In the meantime, I’ll give you a prescription for some paracetamol. You should also drink plenty of fluids. If your condition worsens, you’ll have to call “one-one-one”. Good luck Mr. Johnson, and make sure you get your vaccination when the time comes.
Mr. Johnson: Don’t worry doctor, I will.
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