WHO gives Coronavirus a name, Covid 19, more than 1000 killed so far

February 12, 2020 2:44 PM |

Covid 19

The deadly coronavirus finally has a name and it is called COVID-19, as mentioned by the World Health Organization. The disease has been mentioned to be as a big threat, however, there is some realistic chance of stopping the disease.

In Covid 19, co stands for corona, vi for virus and d for disease. The number 19 is for the year since the identification of the outbreak took place in 2019, December 31. This name has been chosen so that any reference for location, species of animals and groups of people is avoided and there is no stigmatization.

The earlier name of the virus was 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease by WHO, while China's National Health Commission temporarily called it novel coronavirus pneumonia. A set of guidelines were issued in 2015 by the WHO where naming diseases after places including Ebola and Zika needs to be avoided since the public has a certain image of these places in their minds.

Same goes for animal names, example being the swine flu, which furthermore had a very big impact on the pork industry.

Covid 19 has so far killed more than 1000 people and the infected have now gone up to 44000, making it a global health emergency. There are around 25 countries that are now infected with the virus.

There have been around 400 scientists who partook in the international meeting of two days in Geneva for reviewing the transmission of viruses and vaccinations if any possible.

So far, there is no vaccine or treatment for the virus, and the WHO has asked countries to share data so that further research can be put in the outbreak. There are many countries where teams are working to develop a vaccine, which includes Germany, China, Australia, France as well as Britain, a process which usually takes years.

Image Credit: Vox

For accurate weather forecast and updates, download Skymet Weather (Android App | iOS App) App.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
The United Nations estimates #India’s population to overtake China’s by 2027. This will pressure the country’s econ… t.co/i0LgwgjrEm
Friday, February 14 18:00Reply
Just a week before, Storm #Ciara had unleashed fury over many parts of the United Kingdom and resulted in heavy rai… t.co/j8yfhVnfpW
Friday, February 14 17:45Reply
We now do not expect any Western Disturbance very soon and the one which is expected would travel in the upper lati… t.co/E9OVgaaiei
Friday, February 14 17:31Reply
The cloudy skies will start clearing up after 24 hours, following which the day will turn warm once again. Thus, th… t.co/dcMnebhful
Friday, February 14 17:00Reply
#Hindi: मौसम विशेषज्ञों की माने तो अगले 7 दिनों में किसी भी महत्वपूर्ण मौसमी प्रणाली के आभाव में मौसम शुष्क और आराम… t.co/lXozz3vAyP
Friday, February 14 16:30Reply
#Delhi: Both minimum and maximum temperatures will fall by a few degrees in the next few days before picking up onc… t.co/wEhhcbaB5b
Friday, February 14 16:00Reply
अगले 24 घंटों के दौरान पश्चिमी विक्षोभ के कश्मीर से आगे निकलने के बाद पहाड़ों पर बारिश और बर्फबारी कम हो गई है। हा… t.co/VJd9ZpDDF1
Friday, February 14 15:30Reply
Days would be fairly comfortable with ample of sunshine, keeping maximum temperatures in double digits. Meanwhile n… t.co/uf0Jv0pQRe
Friday, February 14 15:15Reply
Have a look at the day and night #temperatures for major cities of #India on February 14. t.co/eUvNNrG8HQ
Friday, February 14 15:00Reply
The minimums, as well as maximums, have dropped by 2 to 4 degree Celsius in the last 24 hours. Although, many parts… t.co/IH1Ry7UJKe
Friday, February 14 14:45Reply

latest news

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try