During the pandemic of the new Corona virus, scientists adopted the term Covid-19 as the official designation for describing the virus.
In light of the confusion caused by the strict measures taken by governments to stop the spread of the disease, the questions puzzling about the virus increase, as many people try to know all the information and details about it.
Although discovering what all scientific terms mean may increase our state of concern for our health and can cause unnecessary stress at unprecedented times like these.
Among the most frequently asked questions about the Corona virus is what does the name Covid-19 mean and why is the term used?
In simple terms, the term COVID 19 can be divided into the acronym for Corona, Corona, VI in reference to Virus, and D for Disease, while 19 denotes the year 2019, the year in which the virus first appeared.
The disease caused by the Coruna virus was given this name by the World Health Organization, which said: “The presence of an important name to prevent the use of other names can be inaccurate.” Experts said the name of the disease is useful during an outbreak.
Before it was officially named COVID-19, scientists used to call the new corona virus 2019-nCoV, a designation meaning the new coronavirus in 2019.
The new coronavirus, also called SARS-CoV-2 (formerly referred to as 2019-nCoV), is a new strain that has not been identified in humans before.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from colds to more serious diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and acute pneumonia syndrome (SARS).
Since it was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, the outbreak has developed rapidly, with the WHO describing COVID-19 as a global pandemic.
The initial symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle pain and fatigue. The most serious cases develop into acute pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis and septic shock.
The good news about COVID-19 is that 80% of people recover from the disease, while only 6% have a serious illness.
With the number of people infected with the Corona virus increasing every day, we can all play our part in limiting the spread of the virus by following the guidelines set by governments, which include staying at home, social dimension, and regular hand washing with soap.
Source: The Sun