Coronavirus disease gets a new name ‘COVID-19’

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World Health Organistion (WHO)  announced  Tuesday that the official name for the deadly virus from China is  “COVID-19”  saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it.

Director general of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, “We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,”

Tedros said that “co” stands for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31.

Tedros said the name was so chosen to avoid stigmatization of a people or geographical location, animal species in line with international recommendations .


The virus earlier earned a temporary name  “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” and China’s National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP.

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