The virus that caused the pandemic is called COVID-19, but did you know why?
The new coronavirus, which was named COVID-19, was named by the World Health Organization in February, which represents the abbreviation of Sickness from Corona Virus discovered in 2019, since the first case of this decrease was reported on December 31 in 2019.
At the same time, the World Health Organization, which has also announced the official name of the coronavirus that causes this disease, the SARS-CoV-2. It was named because it is a genetic relative of SARS-CoV, a virus that caused the epidemic in 2003, and the disease it causes has remained remembered as SARS.
There are many methods that this world organization is using to name various deceases. Some of them are:
- Names should be short and easily spoken;
- Combination of various generic descriptions of the sickness;
- Avoid of professional phrases;
- Adding the name of a well-known pathogen that causes the disease;
There are also some other ways of naming viruses and other diseases, like words that sound like a warning, geographic terms, name of animals or food, name of some industry, or name of the people who discovered it first.