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COVID-19 stands for the the 19th ‘Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease’.
False. COVID-19 stands for Corona Virus Disease 2019.
This message claims that the name COVID-19 stands for the 19th ‘Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease’.
This is false, COVID-19 stands for ‘Corona Virus Disease 2019’, which is the infectious disease caused by the new coronavirus [SAR-CoV-2]. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the name of the virus refers to the disease type and the year of origin.
The Director-General of WHO said that, “We had to find a name [for the illness caused by the new coronavirus] that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease. Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”
WHO: Coronavirus press conference 11 February, 2020