The World Health Organization on Tuesday finally gave an official name to the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 1,000 people: COVID-19.
“Co” is for coronavirus, “Vi” is for virus, “D” is for disease and “19” since it was detected in late 2019, officials said.
The name was chosen because the agency wanted something “pronounceable and related to the disease,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. “We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people.”
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