COVID-19: The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Given New Name by WHO

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The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been given new name COVID-19 by the international body WHO which makes no reference to any of the people, places or animals associated with this virus.

Novel Coronavirus

The deadly novel coronavirus which has claimed thousands lives so far has been given a new name COVID-19

The acronym COVID-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 2019, as this highly infectious disease was first diagnosed last year.

Under international guidelines, the W.H.O. “has to find a name that does not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,”

In keeping with this policy to avoid stigmatising, WHO chose the new name COVID-19 which makes no reference to any of the people, places or animals associated with this virus.

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