Get quick facts and answers to FAQs about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with reliable source links from the best online resources such as the CDC and the WHO.
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What is a novel coronavirus?
Novel in the case means NEW. Before the outbreak in Wuhan, China, this particular strain of coronavirus had not been previously identified, and hence why it is now called a novel virus.
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What is the difference between the novel coronavirus disease, SARS-CoV2, 2019-nCoV, and COVID-19?
They are all one and the same.
- The novel coronavrius disease was the designation given to the outbreak in Wuhan, China because it was a new and unidentified strain (novel) with coronavirus (respiratory tract infections or SARS-like) symptoms.
- nCoV is just a short abbreviation of novel coronavirus while 2019/19 is the designation for the year the virus was discovered.
- COVID-19 is now the official name given to the Wuhan coronavirus strain by the WHO on February 11, 2020, using their infectious diseases naming module.
What does COVID-19 mean?
COVID-19 is an abbreviation of the 2019 novel coronavirus strain that broke out in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. The abbreviation is broken up into four parts:
- CO stands for corona
- VI stands for virus
- D stands for disease
- 19 stands for the year the virus was discovered (2019)
What does COVID-19 social stigma mean?
Stigma = discrimination against an identifiable group of people, a place, or a nation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, social stigma has widely been used to spread rumors of who spread the virus and how. The examples below sadly showcase world leaders practicing gross discrimination.
- Donald Trump (President of the United States) tweeting and consistently calling COVID-19, the China virus.
- Luca Zaia (The Governor of Veneto, Italy) saying Chinese people eat live mice.
- Zhao Lijian (Chinese Foreign Ministry) tweeting that the U.S. military might have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan.