Last Updated on February 12, 2020 by Sagar Aryal
Disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is officially called COVID-19
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease caused by Novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV (SARS-CoV-2) is now officially called COVID-19.
CO means Corona.
VI means Virus.
D means Disease.
19 means the year that it was first discovered.
“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,” the WHO chief said. “It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreak.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, announced this on Tuesday at a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva.
The Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, which is responsible for developing the official classification of viruses and taxa naming (taxonomy) of the Coronaviridae family, assessed the novelty of the human pathogen tentatively named 2019-nCoV. Based on phylogeny, taxonomy and established practice, the CSG formally recognizes this virus as a sister to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses (SARS-CoVs) of the species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus and designates it as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). (Source: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.02.07.937862)
As of Feb 11, 2020, COVID-19 cases are as follows:
COVID-19 Confirmed Cases: 43,148
Serious or Critical Cases: 7,345
Countries Affected: 28
Know more about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 from https://thebiologynotes.com/the-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-an-overview/