Why is coronavirus called COVID-19?



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Why is coronavirus called COVID-19?



While tougher new measures have been imposed by the UK government to stop the spread of the disease, the British are still trying to get their head around all the restrictions that have been imposed, reports The Sun.

With coronavirus testing available only to those in serious need, many of us are still trying to find out how and if we have the virus.



Understanding what all of these scientific terms mean and worrying about our health can cause unnecessary stress in times like these.

In simple words-COVID 19 stands, Corona (CO) Virus (VI) Disease (D) and 19 (2019) the year the virus was first struck.

He was given the name by the World Health Organization, which said: “Having a name is important to prevent the use of other names that may be inaccurate or stigmatizing.”

Experts have said the name of a disease is useful in an outbreak.

Before COVID-19 was officially named, scientists were calling the coronavirus '2019-nCoV', this was based on what was called the novel coronavirus.

A new coronavirus called 'SARS-CoV-2' (formerly referred to as 2019-nCoV), is a new strain not previously identified in humans.

The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is called 'COVID-19'.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Serious Acute Order Syndrome (SARS).

Since it was first discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the outbreak has evolved rapidly, with WHO labeling COVID-19 as a global pandemic.

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, a cough, difficulty breathing, muscle pain, and fatigue. The most serious cases develop severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis and septic shock.

The good news about COVID-19 is that 80% of people recover from the disease, with only 6% experiencing critical illness.

As the number of people infected with coronavirus increases daily, we can all play our part in reducing the spread of the virus by following government-defined guidelines that include staying home, social distancing and washing our hands with soap regularly.

Why is coronavirus called COVID-19?

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