The World Health Organization (WHO) has named Coronavirus COVID-2019, the head of the organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Tuesday, February 11.
“We now have the official name for the new coronavirus, COVID-2019. According to agreed rules between the WHO and the World Organisation for Animal Health, we had to find a name that would not be associated with a geographical name, animal, human or group of people, easy to pronounce and related to the disease,” Ghebreyesus said.
Ghebreyesus explained that CO means coronavirus, VI means a virus, and D means disease.
An outbreak of viral pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus occurred in the city of Wuhan in China in late December 2019. WHO recognized the outbreak as an international emergency.
As of February 10, the virus infected more than 40 thousand people worldwide, killing 908. There are 45 million people in isolation in China now.
On the same day, Hebraeus said the current situation with the epidemic is “only the tip of the iceberg”. He believes that the morbidity rate outside China will grow.