New Coronavirus Disease Officially Named COVID-19 By The World Health Organization

Coronavirus 2019-nCoV got an official name. From now on, it will be called COVID-19. “CO” comes from corona.“VI” comes from virus. The “D” stands for the disease. The 19 represents 2019, the year the virus was first identified in December.

Why not call it the “Wuhan virus,”
as people began calling it?

In 2015 World Health Organization announced guidelines for naming infectious diseases. New guidelines discourage names that refer to specific places, people and professions, intending to avoid adverse outcomes from stigmatizing a geographic region or a population group.

So, the reason for the new guidelines is political correctness. World Health Organization wants to be viewed as a sensitive and judgment-free zone.

UPDATE:
On 11 February 2020, official name for the virus responsible for COVID-19 have been announced: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
This name was chosen because the virus is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003.

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