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Medical Spanish Podcast Molly Martin, MD

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These medical Spanish lessons are based on common clinical encounters and interviews with real patients and providers. The premium audio lessons available at docmlly.com are interactive. We review the key vocabulary and grammar as we practice interpreting the essential phrases between English and Spanish.

    Symptoms of COVID19 in Spanish

    Symptoms of COVID19 in Spanish

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    Síntomas comunesNuevos síntomasPerdida del olfato o del gustoPresentación de los síntomasRepaso de los síntomasPreguntas sobre los síntomasDificultad para respirarTenerDolerBuscar atención médicaSignos de advertenciaFiebreRelated Lessons



























    In this audio lesson, we practice discussing symptoms of COVID19 in Spanish.  We used information from the CDC to make this lesson. We start by reviewing symptoms we have covered in prior lessons. Then, we cover some new symptoms, such as loss of smell or taste. After we review the symptoms, we will practice asking questions about and discussing the symptoms of COVID19 in Spanish. Finally, we will talk about worrisome symptoms that would indicate that someone should seek medical attention.Special thanks to: Elizabeth Cortez, my Spanish teacher at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala, my dear friend, Sonja Um Siri, who reviews each audio lesson prior to publication and to Erin Gaines who proofreads the show notes.LEVEL  – INTERMEDIATESíntomas comunes1:35We discussed common symptoms of COVID 19 in a prior Q&A we published on prevención y cuarentena.¿Cuáles son los síntomas del COVID19?Los síntomas pueden ser de un resfriado leve a una enfermedad grave con neumonía. Los síntomas más comunes son:FiebreTos secaCansancio y dolores muscularesDificultad para respirarAlgunas personas tienen náusea y diarrea antes de tener los síntomas respiratorios.¿Cuándo se presentan los síntomas después de contraer el virus?Los síntomas se presentan entre los primeros 2 a 14 días después del contagio al virus.We review the vocabulary and practice phrases from above in Prevención – Review – Spanish for COVID19.Nuevos síntomas2:49Since that time, the CDC has added some new symptoms to the that list. Let’s see how many you know how to say in Spanish.sore throatel dolor de gargantaheadacheel dolor de cabezachillslos escalofríosrepeated shaking with chillslos temblores y escalofríos que no cedencederto ease up, to abatePerdida del olfato o del gusto3:54the sudden and unexplained loss of smell or tastela pérdida repentina e inexplicable del olfato o del gustola pérdida repentina e inexplicablethe sudden and unexplained lossOJO: When the syllable following the conjunction “y” has the same sound, we change “y” to “e”el olfato(the sense of) smellel gustotastePresentación de los síntomas5:41Los síntomas pueden aparecer de 2 a 14 días después de contagiarse del virus.Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after you are infected with the virus.contagiarse del virusto be infected with the virusdespués del contagio al v...

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    Vital Talk on Hospitalization – Spanish for COVID19

    Vital Talk on Hospitalization – Spanish for COVID19

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    Esperando los resultados¿Qué tan malo es?¿Mi abuelo sobrevivirá?¿Nadie puede visitarme?¿No puedo visitar a mi papá?Related Lessons



























    In this lesson, we practice answering difficult questions when patients require hospitalization for COVID19 in Spanish (cuando el paciente necesita ingresar al hospital o la unidad de cuidados intensivos).  The questions and responses in this lesson are adapted from an invaluable communication guide provided by VitalTalk.org.Check out and share our free lessons covering Spanish for COVID 19.We cover a lot of advanced grammar in this one, so I have referenced related grammar lessons throughout these show notes. You’ll also notice we use the future tense in many of the responses. Therefore, I hope this lesson really helps to boost your confidence when communicating in Spanish.Special thanks to: Elizabeth Cortez, my Spanish teacher at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala, my dear friend, Sonja Um Siri, who reviews each audio lesson prior to publication and to Erin Gaines who proofreads the show notes. LEVEL – ADVANCEDEsperando los resultados1:09¿Esto quiere decir que tengo COVID19?Necesitaremos hacerle la prueba y sabremos el resultado en 36 horas. Es normal sentirse nervioso mientras está esperando los resultados. Por ello lo mejor es que intente hacer cosas que le ayuden a estar distraído. Sabremos más en las próximas 24 horas y le tendremos informado.querer decirto mean¿Esto quiere decir que tengo COVID19?Does this mean I have COVID19?Necesitaremos hacerle la prueba.We will need to test you.hacerle la prueba a ustedto test youY sabremos el resultado en 36 horas.And we will know the result in 36 hours.sentirse nervioso/ato feel nervousEs normal sentirse nervioso mientras está esperando los resultados.It is normal to feel nervous while you are waiting for the results.sentirse estresado/ato feel stressEs normal sentirse estresada mientras está esperando los resultados,It is normal to feel stressed when you are waiting for results,Por ello lo mejor es que intente hacer cosas que le ayuden a estar distraído.por ello / por esoso, thereforeLo mejor es que intente (1) hacer cosas que (2) le ayuden a (3) estar distraído.It is best that you try to do things that will help you to be distracted.*  We are making a JUDGEMENT when we say, “lo mejor es que…” so we follow this with the SUBJUNCTIVE. [See Quiz #2 – The Subjunctive in Noun Clauses  Spanish Grammar members see also: Subj05 Influence Emotion and Judgments]* We use the SUBJUNCTIVE to describe cosas, because we have no specific things in mind. [See Quiz # 3 – The Subjunctive in Adjective Cla...

    • 27 min
    Vital Talk on Testing and Triage – Spanish for COVID19

    Vital Talk on Testing and Triage – Spanish for COVID19

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    Communication Guide by VitalTalk.orgPruebas para todosTardan en dar los resultadosLos famosos se hacen pruebas¿Por qué no voy al hospital?Un lugar de riesgoRelated Lessons



























    In this lesson, we learn how to answer difficult questions about testing and triage for COVID19 in Spanish. The questions and responses from this lesson are adapted from VitalTalk.org. As many of you know, I am a hospitalist doc in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was supposed to be in Guatemala right now. Instead, I am on backup call for my hospital. Due to the fine leadership by our state’s governor, our numbers remain relatively low and they do not need me yet. Therefore, I will use this time to make lessons that I hope will help us all communicate with our Spanish-speaking neighbors and patients about COVID19.Please check out and share our free lessons covering Spanish for COVID 19.Special thanks to: Elizabeth Cortez, my Spanish teacher at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala and my dear friend, Sonja Um Siri, for their help making these lessons.Communication Guide by VitalTalk.org0:59Due to all the uncertainty that surrounds the COVID19 pandemic, we are facing many difficult questions from patients and family that often have no easy answers. Therefore, in today’s lesson, we are going to practice answering some of these challenging questions in Spanish.These questions and answers in this lesson are adapted from a guide created by VitalTalk.org. VitalTalk is a social nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington that provides communications tips for providers working with patients with serious illness. They have created a guide for speaking to patients and their family members about COVID19.Pruebas para todos2:11¿Por qué no hacen pruebas a todos?No tenemos suficientes pruebas para todos. Desearía que fuera diferente.hacer/realizar pruebasto test¿Por qué no hacen pruebas a todos?Why aren’t they testing everybody?No tenemos suficientes kits/pruebas para todos.We don’t have enough test kits/tests.Desearía que fuera diferente.I wish it were different.OJO: conditional (desearía)  > imperfect subjunctive (fuera)Tardan en dar los resultados3:36¿Por qué tardan tanto en dar los resultados?El laboratorio va tan rápido como puede.  Sé que es difícil esperar.tardarto take (time), to delayOJO: tardar en + infinitivo¿Por qué tardan tanto en dar los resultados?Why do the tests take so long?el laboratoriothe labEl laboratorio va tan rápido como puede.The lab is going as fast as it can.Sé que es difícil esperar.I know it’s hard to wait.Los famosos se hacen pruebas4:55¿Por qué los famosos se hacen la prueba tan rápido?Desconozco los detalles, pero puedo decirle que estamos en un momento diferente. La situación está cambiando tan rápidamente que lo que hacíamos hace una semana no es lo que hacemos hoy.hacerse la pruebato get testedlos famosos, las celebridadescelebrities¿Por qué los famosos se hacen la prueba tan rápido?Why do celebrities get tested so quickly?

    • 16 min
    Detección – Testing for COVID19 in Spanish

    Detección – Testing for COVID19 in Spanish

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    ¿Quién debería hacerse la prueba?No hay ningún tratamientoPruebas en la comunidadLos resultadosLa pruebaRelated Lessons



























    In today’s lesson, we discuss testing for COVID19 in Spanish. We practice discussing who should be tested while supplies are limited. Finally, we practice administering a nasopharyngeal swab test in Spanish.I recorded this lesson with Elizabeth Cortez, my Spanish teacher at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala over Skype. We used information from the CDC to create it. Espero que les sea útil.I also recommend that you review the lessons from our series on the flu because we can use many of the same vocabulary and phrases when talking about COVID19.LEVEL – INTERMEDIATE¿Quién debería hacerse la prueba?1:07¿Quién debería hacerse la prueba?En este momento estamos realizando pruebas a la gente hospitalizada, a los trabajadores de la salud, a los adultos mayores de 65 años, a la gente con afecciones médicas crónicas, y a la gente que vive en centros de atención a largo plazo.hacerse la pruebato get tested¿Quién debería hacerse la prueba?Who should get tested?en este momentocurrentlyrealizar/hacer pruebasto test, to perform testsla gente hospitalizadahospitalized peoplelos trabajadores de la saludhealth care workerslos adultos mayores de 65 añosadults over 65la gente con afecciones médicas crónicaspeople with chronic medical conditionscentros de atención a largo plazolong-term care facilitiesEn este momento estamos realizando pruebas a la gente hospitalizada, a los trabajadores de la salud, a los adultos mayores de 65 años, a la gente con afecciones médicas crónicas, y a la gente que vive en centros de atención a largo plazo.We are currently testing hospitalized people, health care workers, adults over 65, people with chronic medical conditions, and people living in long-term care facilities.No hay ningún tratamiento4:54Eliza explains there is currently no approved recommended treatment for COVID19. Therefore, we are currently not testing patients with mild symptoms who can recover at home. No hay ningún tratamiento específico aprobado para este virus.el tratamiento específicospecific treatmentaprobado para este virusapproved for this virusNo hay ningún tratamiento específico aprobado para este virus.There is no specific treatment approved for this virus.La mayoría de las personas experimentan síntomas leves como un resfriado leve y pueden recuperarse en casa.la mayoría de las personas / la gentemost peopleexperimentarto experiencelos síntomas levesmild symptomsun resfriado levea mild coldrecuperarseto recoverLa mayoría de las personas experimentan síntomas leves como un resfriado leve y pueden recuperarse en casa.Most people experience mild symptoms such as a mild cold and can recover at home. Por eso, si sus síntomas son leves, debería quedarse en casa.So if your symptoms are mild, you should stay home.No debería hacerse una prueba si no tiene síntomas.You shouldn’t get tested if you don’t have symptoms.OJO: Of course this recommendation will change depending on your contact with sick persons and the availability of tests. Pruebas en la comunidad7:50Vamos a empezar a realizar pruebas en la comunidad en cuanto tengamos suministros suficientes de estas pruebas.los suministros sufientessufficient suppliesVamos a empezar a realizar pruebas en la comunidadWe will begin testing in the communityen cuant...

    • 17 min
    Cuarentena – Review – Spanish for COVID19

    Cuarentena – Review – Spanish for COVID19

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    En la última lecciónCuarentena en casaCómo portarse en casaUse mascarillaEvite contacto cercanoNo comparta articulos del hogarLimpie superficiesLave la ropaCuando debería buscar atención médica Cuando terminar la cuarentena Related Lessons



























    In today’s lesson, we practice Spanish for talking with our patients and the community about what to do if you get ill, how to self-quarantine at home, and when to seek medical attention. This lesson is based on the Q & A: Spanish for COVID19 – Prevención y cuarentenaI also recommend that you review the lessons from our series on the flu because we can use many of the same vocabulary and phrases when talking about COVID19.  In today’s lesson, I will try to focus on words and phrases that are not covered in our prior lessons on the flu.LEVEL – UPPER INTERMEDIATEEn la última lección1:19At the end of our last lesson, we discussed those most vulnerable to the COVID19 and recommended that they consult with a healthcare professional.Si usted es parte de esta población (vulnerable), debería consultar a su doctor de cabecera o a su proveedor de atención médica.However, if you are healthy, without underlying conditions, it is very important that you stay home in order to protect others.Si usted es una persona sin afecciones médicas graves, y puede quedarse en casa, es muy importante que haga exactamente eso: quedarse en casa.Cuarentena en casa1:58un resfriado levea mild coldel aislamiento en el hogarhome isolationla cuarentena en casahome quarantineSi se enferma, aunque sea un resfriado leve, puede ser COVID19 y es muy importante hacer un aislamiento en el hogar, o sea cuarentena en casa.If you get sick, even from a mild cold, it may be COVID19 and it is very important to isolate yourself at home or home quarentine.Cómo portarse en casa3:07Sepárese del resto de las personas en la casa.Separate yourself from the rest of the people in the house.Si es posible, debe quedarse en una habitación separada y no compartir el baño con las otras personas de la casa.If it is possible, you should stay in a separate room and not share a bathroom with the other people in the house.See last lesson to learn how to talk about good hand hygiene in Spanish.Use mascarilla3:52la mascarillamaskUse mascarilla cuando esté cerca de otras personas.Wear a mask when around other people.OJO: Learn when to use the subjunctive in adverbial clauses of time. Quiz # 4 – The Subjunctive in Adverbial Clauses (Spanish Grammar members: Subj12 Time Clauses)Por ejemplo, cuando esté en la misma habitación o vehículo.For example, when you are in the same room or vehicle.si necesita salir de casa para conseguir atención médicaif you need to leave home to get medical careEvite contacto cercano5:53el contacto cercanoclose contactlas mascotaspetsTrate de evitar contacto cercano con el resto de la familia en la casa.Try to avoid close contact with the rest of the family in the house.Esto incluye a las mascotas.This includes pets.

    • 18 min
    Prevención – Review – Spanish for COVID19

    Prevención – Review – Spanish for COVID19

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    Los síntomas de COVID19Los síntomas respiratoriosDespués del contagio al virusCómo prevenir el contagio del virusLavarse las manosDistanciamiento socialLa población más vulnerableSi se enfermaRelated Lessons



























    In today’s lesson, we practice Spanish for talking with our patients and the community about the symptoms of COVID19 and how to prevent the spread of the virus. This lesson is based on the Q & A: Spanish for COVID19 – Prevención y cuarentenaI strongly recommend that you review the lessons from our series on the flu because we can use many of the same vocabulary and phrases when talking about COVID19.  In today’s lesson, I will try to focus on words and phrases that are not covered in our prior lessons on the flu.LEVEL – UPPER INTERMEDIATELos síntomas de COVID191:28COVID19el coronaviruscoronavirusun resfriado levea mild colduna enfermedad gravea severe illnessel neumonía, la pulmoníapneumoniaLos síntomas pueden ser de un resfriado leve a una enfermedad grave con neumonía.Symptoms can range from a mild cold to severe illness with pneumonia.la fiebrefeverla tos secadry coughel cansanciofatiguelos dolores muscularesmuscle achesLos síntomas respiratorios2:54la dificultad para respirartrouble breathinglos síntomas respiratoriosrespiratory symptomsla insuficiencia respiratoriarespiratory failure¿Tiene dificultad para respirar?Are you having trouble breathing?la falta de aireshortness of breath¿Le falta el aire/la respiración/el aliento?Are you short of breath?Después del contagio al virus3:53contraer/contagiar se del virusto catch (become infected with) the virusel contagio al virusinfection with the virusLos síntomas se presentan entre los primeros 2 a 14 días después del contagio al virus.Symptoms appear in the first 2 to 14 days after infection with the virus.Cómo prevenir el contagio del virus4:58propagarseto spreadEl virus se propaga de persona a persona.The virus spreads from person to person.las gotitas respiratoriasrespiratory dropletsEl virus está dentro de las gotitas respiratorias que una persona produce al toser o al estornudar.The virus is inside the respiratory droplets that a person produces when coughing or sneezing.Estas gotitas pueden llegar a la boca o la nariz de otra persona al respirar o al tocarse la cara.These droplets can get into another person’s mouth or nose when they breathe or touch their face.Para no contagiarse del virus, le recomiendo lo siguiente.In order not to catch the virus, I recommend the following.Para no contagiar a los demás, le recomiendo lo siguiente.In order not to infect others, I recommend the following.Evite contacto cercano con las otras personas.Avoid close contact with other people.Mantenga una distancia de 6 pies (o 2 metros) entre usted y las otras personas.Keep a distance of 6 feet (or 2 meters) between you and other people.Lavarse las manos7:20Lávese las manos con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos.Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.sonarse la narizto blow your nosedespués de estar en un lugar público o después de sonarse la nariz o estornudar.after being in a public place or after blowing your nose or sneezing.las manos sin lavarunwashed handsEvite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar.Avoid touching your eyes, nose,

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