WHO names new coronavirus: “COVID-19”

The development of the novel coronavirus pneumonia has not only been highly valued by the Chinese people. With the economic globalization today. Many countries around the world have paid great attention to the epidemic and various forms of assistance. However, for this brand new virus, we may be used to simply calling it “new crown”. The WHO named the new coronavirus “COVID-19”.

WHO names new coronavirus:

WHO names new coronavirus

Recently, the World Health Organization officially issued a notice. The pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus will be officially named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). Many people may be a little confused when they see this string of English and Arabic characters for the first time. So let us explain to you, what exactly does “COVID-19” mean?

Let’s first look at the part of English characters, COVID is the abbreviation of the English phrase for coronavirus. The meanings are “CO” for Corona (corona), “VI” for Virus (virus), “D” for Disease (disease), and “19” for the year 2019 when the disease was discovered. Because the coronavirus that caused the pneumonia is highly related to the coronavirus that caused SARS. The virus was named “SARS-CoV-2”.

WHO names new coronavirus

When it comes to naming the virus, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Having a name is important. It prevents people from using other inaccurate or stigmatizing names.” Tedros said, ” We wanted a name that didn’t allude to any geographic location, animal, individual or group.”

I believe that many people will very much agree with Director-General Tedros. The novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic is raging in mainland China, and the Chinese people use their wisdom. There are many representative names. For example, there are “game pneumonia”, “Wuhan pneumonia”, “Chinese pneumonia” and so on in the folk and media. But these are clearly criticized for discrimination.

WHO names new coronavirus

WHO names new coronavirus

Because names are given to diseases, there have been many bad “accidents” in the past.

In the 1980s, for example, AIDS was first discovered. It was once called “gay-related immune deficiency”. This intensified discrimination against the gay community, following a backlash. Only changed to more neutral “acquired immune deficiency syndrome” (acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS).

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