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We asked the people of Mass. what word comes to mind when they think of the coronavirus outbreak

What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of the coronavirus outbreak?
What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of the coronavirus outbreak?Heather Hopp-Bruce/Wordclouds.com

Suffolk University and the Boston Globe polled 500 Massachusetts residents last week about the coronavirus outbreak. We asked one open-ended question: When you think about the coronavirus outbreak, what’s the first word that comes to mind?

Here are their responses:

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Annoying

Annoying

Annoying

Annoying

Annoying

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxious

Bad

Bad

Bad

Bad flu

Be careful

Blindsided

Breech

Care

Care

Careful

Catching it

Caution

Cautious

Chaos

Chaos

Chaos

Chaos

Chaos

China

China

China

China

China

China

China

Chinese

Chinese virus

Concern

Concern

Concern

Concerned

Concerning

Confusing

Confusion

Confusion

Conspiracy

Conspiracy

Contagious

Contagious

Contagious

Contagious

Contagious

Contagious

Contagious

Corona

Cough

Craziness

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Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

Crazy

Crisis

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Danger

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Deadly

Deadly

Deadly

Deadly

Deadly

Deadly

Deadly

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Death

Declined

Defeat trump

Defining

Devastating

Devastating

Devastating

Devastating

Devasting

Disaster

Disaster

Disaster

Disaster

Disaster

Disaster

Disease

Disease

Disrupted

Disruption

Disruption

Distance

Doomed

Draining

Duplication

Dying

Economics

Economy

Economy

Economy

Economy

Economy

Economy

Economy

Elderly

Emergency

Engineered

Epidemic

Epidemic

Escalating

Failure

Failure

Family

Family

Fatalities

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear

Fear mongering

Fearful

Flu

Freighting

Frightening

Frightening

Global

Government

Handled better

Health

Health

Home

Honesty

Horrible

Horrific

I don't have a word

I don't know

I don't know

I have no words

I really couldn't tell you

Illness

Illness

Illness

Illness

Incompetence

Inconvenience

Inconvenience

Incredible

Inevitable

Inevitable

Infection

Infection

Infection

Infectious

Insane

Insufficient healthcare

Interruption

Isolation

Isolation

Isolation

Isolation

Job security

Jobless

Just a flu

Late response

Life-altering

Lock down

Lockdown

Mask

Mishandled

Mishandled

Mishandled

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Misinformation

Mismanaged

Money

Money

Movie-like

Mystifying

Nervous

Nervous

Nervous

Nervousness

Nightmare

No idea

No touch

No word comes to mind

No work

No-contact

Not fearful

Not good

Not sure

Nothing

Nothingness

Overblown

Overreaction

Pain

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Pandemic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Panic

Petrified

Plague

Plague

Prayers

Precaution

Predictable

Prepare

Preventable

Preventable

Prices

Protection

Public health

Public health

Quarantine

Quarantine

Quarantine

Quarantine

Quarantine

Quick

Rapid

Refused

Respiratory

Ridiculous

Ridiculous

Sad

Sad

Sad

Safety

Safety

Safety

Safety

Scared

Scared

Scared

Scared

Scared

Scared

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Scary

Separation

Serious

Shelter

S***show

Shocking

Shut down

Sick

Sick

Sick

Sickening

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Sickness

Social unrest

Solitude

Something bad from God

Spread

Spreading

Stay at home

Stay away

Stress

Stressed

Sucks

Sucks

Sucks

Sucks

Survival

Terrible

Terrible

Terrible

Terrible

Terrible

Terrible

Terrifying

Terror

Terror

Test

Testing

Testing

Tests

The Black Plague

Threat

Tragic

Travesty

Trouble

Trump

Unbelievable

Unbelievable

Unbelievable

Unbelievable

Uncertain

Uncertain

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Uncontrollable

Unemployment

Unemployment

Unhealthy

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Unknown

Unnecessary

Unnecessary

Unnecessary

Unprecedented

Unprecedented

Unprecedented

Unprecedented

Unprecedented

Unprecedented

Unprecedented

Unprecedented

Unprepared

Unprepared

Unprepared

Unprepared

Unprepared

Unpreventable

Unreal

Unsettling

Unsettling

Unsure

Unsure

Upset

Upsetting

Ventilators

Ventilators

Virus

Virus

Washing my hands

WHO

Why

Wild

Wild

Work

Worldwide

Worried

Worrisome

Worry

Worry


Joshua Miller can be reached at joshua.miller@globe.com.