“We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.
According to the United Nation’s health agency in Geneva, Switzerland, the official name of the novel coronavirus originated from Wuhan, China is COVID-19.
Evolving from 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease to novel coronavirus, COVID-19 is a “very grave threat” to the world but there is a “realistic chance” of stopping it.
COVID-19 is an acronym that can be broken down into CO for corona, VI for virus, D for disease, and 19 for the year when the outbreak was first identified.
Unlike the names of some diseases in the past, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Spanish flu, WHO formulated the name COVID-19 in a way that avoids references to a particular geographical location or group of people in line with the international recommendations for labeling at preventing the stigma.
Not only that, the naming of illnesses after animal species like swine flu, which originally called H1N1, is also avoided to prevent public confusion.