42,708 confirmed cases and 1,017 deaths later, the new coronavirus already has a name: COVID-19
Neither 2019-nCoV, nor Wuhan virus: the new coronavirus already has an official name. And it wasn't easy. In recent years, the World Health Organization has put in place a series of rules to name diseases in such a way that "they can be pronounced and do not refer to a specific geographical location, an animal or a group of people."
A new name for a disease that shocked the world
Daily media briefing on # 2019nCoV with @DrTedros https://t.co/rIOrFuLckE- World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 11, 2020
This is to avoid imprecise terms or terms that could generate social stigmas and discrimination. After thinking about it, the WHO, FAO and IAEA have agreed that the disease will be officially named Covid-19. It is an acronym for the term "corona virus disease" and will be a standard for eventual outbreaks of coronavirus in the future, explained Tedros Adhanom, the WHO director.
According to Adhanom, "the measures taken by Wuhan and the rest of China are slowing the spread of the virus and we must take advantage of this to hit hard and fight the virus together. Otherwise, there will be higher costs." The announcement was made in the framework of a meeting with 300 experts that is being held in Geneva, at WHO headquarters.