The World Health Organization Named The New Coronavirus "COVID-19"

Henrietta Brewer
February 15, 2020

According to the WHO, "CO" stands for "corona", "VI" for "virus" and "D" for "disease".

Expert says that there is plenty of researches that have been done to ascertain the period of persistence of viruses on surfaces following the Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003.

Based on agreed guidelines, the label must not refer to a geographical location, animal, individual, or group of people. "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Ghebreyesus said.


"(That) is to a great extent due to a huge public health operation in China", he told the briefing. They will take time to develop, but in the meantime, we are not defenceless.

Tedros who spoke on Tuesday during a meeting of more than 400 scientists from around the world, said WHO is bringing the world together to coordinate the response.

Tedros reiterated the need to use available resources to curb the virus while waiting for the vaccine.


While reiterating that now is a window opportunity to fight the disease as most of the cases have so far remained in China, Tedros also expressed his concerns for the virus to spread to the countries with weaker public health system, which he said "will create havoc".

"It's also important to remember that while we need investment in research and development, we also need investment in stopping this outbreak now".

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These include decisions surrounding easy to apply diagnostics, the best approaches for infection prevention, potential therapies that could be used to treat patients, existing vaccine candidates and how to accelerate them, and what Tedros described as the "infodemic" - the overwhelming quantity of information, being produced and disseminated worldwide. The organization announced that at 6 am CET on February 11, there were 42,708 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China and 393 cases in 24 other countries around the world. We've advised countries on how to prevent the spread of disease and care for those who are sick.

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