Coronavirus Name Changes to Covid-19


Marc Molina, Journalist






The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the official name for the coronavirus on February 10th, being named “COVID-19.” “COVI” comes from coronavirus, the “D” stands for disease and the 19 represents 2019, the year the virus was first identified, in December. The coronavirus was original known as the 2019-nCoV, with some calling it the “Wuhan virus,” the chinese city where the illness is believed to have started.

The name reflects the genetic similarites between the new coronavirus and the coronavirus that caused the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003. The disease from 2002 was named SARS-CoV-2, where as the new disease was given the name 2019-nCoV.

The World Health Organization reported of 42,708 confirmed cases in China, and 1,017 people have died from the disease. There are 393 cases in 24 countries, with one death Outside China.

“The virus is named according to its phylogenetic links with other viruses,” said Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO”s emergencies program, during a press call on February 13.

As Adam Rogers reported in Wired, the new name for the disease is already having some unintended consequences. Norm Carson, the president of AV equipment company Covid, Inc., told Wired his company was bombarded with calls this week:

“We make high-end wall plates and cables for the commercial market, and we’ve worked really hard to build our brand and build good products,”Carson says. “so any time you’re associated with a worldwide pandemic, I think its’s something to be concerned about.”

Michael Molina

“The new name for coronavirus sounds a bit confusing. I get it that the World Health Organization wanted to separate the disease from SARS. However, I think they could have improve on the acronym.”

Are there any others concerns you have mind about the disease?

“I’m just worried about where the virus is. I want to make my family and I are safe from the disease, and suggest the people do the same as well.”










Aiden Long

“The coronavirus is spreading to multiple countries around the world. I think the health organizations need to focus their time and resources on containing the virus. Rather, than, worry about what the name for the disease is going to be.”

Are there any concerns you have in mind about the disease?

“I just want to make sure I’m not in an infected city with the coronavirus. I’m hoping the disease won’t come to Eastvale.”