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COVID-19 – Wuhan Coronavirus Official Name

COVID-19 – Wuhan Coronavirus Official Name

On the 12 of Feb, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the new official name for the coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan China on 31st December. Head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the chosen name was COVID-19 ; as Co for Corona, Vi for Virus and D for Disease. He said the name was chosen to avoid reference to a specific geographic location, animal species or group of people, in line with international suggestions for names to avoid stigmatization. 

WHO previously named a temporary virus, the acute respiratory disease as 2019-nCoV. Meanwhile, the Chinese National Health Commission this week introduced the virus as ‘novel coronavirus pneumonia’ or NCP. Speaking on the first day of the international scientific conference, among others to look at vaccine options in the fight against the virus, Tedros is confident to obtain a realistic opportunity to stop the outbreak. 

“We believe there is a way forward,” he said. “We must take the opportunity to work hard and unite in fighting the virus from every ways possible. Otherwise, we would face more cases and spend more money, ”he said.  

Coronaviruses (COVID-19) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. 

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