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COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which originated from China's Wuhan. On February, World Health Organization (WHO) named the novel coronavirus "COVID-19". "Co" stands for "corona", "vi" for "virus" and "d" for "disease", while "19" was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31.

 

According to the WHO, "there are different procedures, and purposes, for naming viruses and diseases.

 

"Viruses are named based on their genetic structure to facilitate the development of diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines."

 

Viruses are named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICT). 

 

This particular virus was named "severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2" – or SARS-CoV-2.

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