How did COVID-19 get its name?


Coronaviru­s is named after arrangemen­t of spikes around its body. These spike proteins are the contact points with human cells. In negative staining, prominent spikes of spherical particles of nCoV look like a solar corona. Some visualize the spike arrangemen­t as Œewels in a crown.

December 2019: Novel Coronaviru­s (nCoV)

On the first appearance, it was christened as a novel strain from coronaviru­s family. The spiky family of viruses may cause common cold to pneumonia. or instance, initially, Wuhan, China reported novel coronaviru­s-infected pneumonia (N.C.I.P.) cases.

January 2020: 2019 Novel Coronaviru­s (2019-nCoV), an interim term

World Health Organizati­on (WHO) revised the name to combine the discovery year and shorthand for its status (novel) and family name (CoV).

February 11, 2020: COVID-19

WHO coined its official name, Corona (CO) Virus (VI) Disease (D) 2019.

March 2020: SARS-CoV-2

Virus was named as Severe Acute Respirator­y Syndrome Coronaviru­s 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Some suggested, rechristen it as HCoV-19, Human Coronaviru­s 2019.

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