The coronavirus that has been sweeping across the world and spreading fear and death now has an official name. After months of being around and spreading from Wuhan, the virus has officially been named COVID-19. The name was announced by the director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Tuesday. According to Tedros, the name is important because it’s meant to prevent the use of other names that could seem stigmatizing or inaccurate. The name also “gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.” “co” and “vi” comes from corona and virus, while the D stands for Disease. 19 stands for the date of 2019. The World Health Organization set guidelines in 2015 that ensured a disease name doesn’t reference a geographical location, an animal, an individual, or a group of people, while also being able to pronounce the disease in a way that is related to the disease. Hence why the new name, COVID-19 doesn’t reference Wuhan, the origin of the disease.
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