Coronaviruses are a large group of common viruses that cause respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms. The coronavirus gets its name from what appears to be a crown or halo on the virus when it’s viewed under the electron microscope. “Corona” means crown in Latin.
There are many names for the 2019 Coronavirus that was first found in Wuhan, China. This virus has never been seen before. The medical term for “new” is “novel,” so the World Health Organization (WHO) originally named this virus the 2019-nCov, (n for novel). This virus is also referred to as SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 virus, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, the 2019 Coronavirus and the Wuhan Coronavirus.
We are using the term COVID-19 virus. COVID-19 is the name of infectious disease caused by COVID-19 virus.
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