Coronavirus Gets An Official Name: COVID-19

The World Health Organization has named the coronavirus “COVID-19,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday.

The “CO” represents corona; “VI” for virus; and “D” for disease, Ghebreyesus stated, speaking at a press conference.

This name avoided referring to any areas, creatures or population groups to forestall the spread of “inaccurate or stigmatizing” information, Ghebreyesus noted.

He likewise defended China’s reaction to the infection. He refered to the way that while in excess of 40,000 instances of the infection have been reported in China, less than 400 cases have been reported in the rest of the world — and just a single demise.

This generally modest number of cases outside China is due to the “serious measures that China is taking” that are “slowing the infection to the rest of the world,” he said.

Be that as it may, he likewise cautioned this could change, including that the world “could have more cases and far higher costs on our hands.”

Ghebreyesus said there’s as yet a “window of opportunity” to battle the disease and that “we despite everything have time.” An vaccine is in progress, despite the fact that it won’t be ready for an additional 18 months. He likewise called upon nations to give more cash to reinforce the WHO’s response.