Coranivrus Gets Official Name of COVID-19 from World Health Organization
Posted on February 11, 2020
The novel coronaivirus that originated in Wuhan, China and has spread to multiple parts of the globe has been given the official name COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. The WHO currently has a team in China obtaining more information about the viral outbreak that has killed over 1,000 people in China.
Here is some information about how the WHO came up with the name:
- The CO stands for coronavirus
- The VI stands for virus
- The D stands for disease
- The 2019 stands for the year the disease began or was discovered
CNBC reports that WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreak."
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