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2019-nCoV Update: Coronavirus’ new official name, ‘COVID-19’

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday the official name for the diseases caused by a novel coronavirus: COVID-19. The acronym stands for coronavirus disease 2019, as it was first detected towards the tail end of 2019. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that the chosen name did not refer to any places, animals, or people to avoid stigma. “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,” Ghebreyesus announced via Twitter. “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,” he added. According to the Chinese officials on Tuesday, the death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic continues to rise. About 1,017 people had already died, while the number of confirmed infections in China is now around 42,700. Furthermore, 393 cases are from abroad in a total of 24 countries. Including three confirmed cases in the Philippines.   Furthermore, Ghebreyesus said that the first vaccine for COVID-19 could be available in 18 months. “So we have to do everything today using available weapons,” he said.
via World Health Organization
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  —(Source: The New York Times)

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