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What’s in a name? Why it’s COVID-19

It’s time to know your enemy in this pandemic.

In 2015, WHO asked researchers not to name diseases after geographical locations, people or animals. Instead, they asked them to name them under more neutral, generic terms and diseases to avoid negative repercussions that a pandemic can cause.

Despite those warnings, China has been attached to this. Due to its first appearance when at the time while it was called Novel Coronavirus. We’ll break that down in a second. Since then, it’s been assigned a name.

COVID-19.

SARS-Cov-2 if you want to get REAL technical.

Once Novel Coronavirus, novel, for never being seen, and coronavirus, for the spiky projections on their surface that resemble the prongs of a crown under a microscope. It now had to wait to be assigned a proper name by researchers. 

Coronavirus itself is a scientific classification that belongs to a family responsible for some of the most severe outbreaks the world has seen in recent years, SARS.  SARS is an acronym for severe acute respiratory syndrome. 

December 2019 was its discovery, thus ’19’ was attached to it rather easily.

 “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”

-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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