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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2897

Covid-19: The new coronavirus disease now officially has a name

By Michael Le Page

There is now have an official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 1000 people so far: Covid-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement in a tweet on 11 February.
The name is a shortened version of coronavirus disease 2019.

“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 says. The decision was based on guidelines agreed between WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks,” the WHO continued.

The virus itself is called 2019-nCoV, although it is often referred to as the novel coronavirus by the WHO. It has also been called the new coronavirus or 2019 coronavirus, and in the media, it is increasingly just called the coronavirus.

It isn’t yet clear whether someone with mild symptoms could be said to have Covid-19, or whether it refers only to the more severe cases. However, the WHO’s technical guidance defines a “person with laboratory confirmation of 2019-nCoV infection, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms”.

The disease caused by the 2003 coronavirus was named SARS, for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The other coronavirus that occasionally infects people causes an illness called MERS, for Middle East respiratory syndrome.
The new name might not be welcomed by audio cable manufacturer Covid, based in Tempe, Arizona. New Scientist asked the company for comment, but was told the president is away and couldn’t respond.

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2233218-covid-19-the-new-coronaviru...

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Chinese officials have begun disinfecting to tackle the Covid-19 virus
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