We Now Have An Official Name For The Coronavirus Disease: COVID-19

Henrietta Strickland
February 15, 2020

"Particular attention will be paid to understanding transmission of the virus, the severity of disease and the impact of ongoing response measures".

If the new name had included a reference to Wuhan it would put a "tremendous stigmatization on the people of Wuhan who are the victims" of the disease, Wendy Parmet, a law professor at Northeastern University and public health expert, tells TIME.

Topics under discussion included: the current status of COVID-19 from an worldwide and regional perspective, the confirmation of the roles of key entities and clarification of travel restrictions into the country.

"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease", Ghebreyesus said. Under a set of guidelines issued in 2015, World Health Organization advises against using place names such as Ebola and Zika-where those diseases were first identified and which are now inevitably linked to them in the public mind.

Note that there are 42,200 cases of coronavirus in China. "It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks".

"The case was transferred by a "self-sterilized" ambulance to a hospital to be isolated and followed-up" Megahed said, adding that the infected person condition is completely stable. According to details, the World Health Organization stated that 42,708 have been infected with the deadly disease in mainland China while the death toll has tragically surpassed over 1000.

The "Co" stands for corona, "vi" for virus, "d" for disease, and the "19" stands for the year of its outbreak. Although the number of newly confirmed cases has stabilised in China, Tedros cautioned that the outbreak "could still go in any direction".

During a press conference on Tuesday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters that the coronavirus, which has been spreading from China and was previously known as '2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease, ' has been named COVID-19.

The deadly virus has spread to more than 25 countries.

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