COVID-19 is the official name of the new coronavirus – WHO

The novel coronavirus finally has a proper name. It’s called COVID-19. The official name of this new coronavirus (temporarily called 2019-nCoV) was declared in an announcement made by the World Health Organization.

CO – corona
VI – virus
D – disease

The CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease, says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of WHO. This was announced on a Tuesday (11 February 2020) at a news conference at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Below is a statement from the World Health Organization, announcing the name for the #2019nCoV disease.

World Health Org Officially Names New Coronavirus as “COVID-19”

The officials of the World Health Organization chose officials chose a name that does not refer to a geographical location, animals, an individual or a group of people.

Dr. Tedros also mentioned that having a proper name is important to prevent the other names that might be inaccurate or stigmatizing.

An example was a confusion when Philippine Labor Secretary confused the cause of death of a Filipino maid in Dubai. The cause of the death of the Filipino was due to pneumonia, not the novel coronavirus.

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Dr. Tedros also Tweeted that it could take about 18 months for a vaccine to be ready.

“Researchers from around the world are meeting at @WHO for a research & innovation forum on #COVID19. The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months, In the meantime, there’s a lot we can do to prevent transmission and prepare for any further spread.” he Tweeted.

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