Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

Coronavirus: 'Way too early' to predict end of outbreak, World Health Organization says

Coronavirus: 'Way too early' to predict end of outbreak, World Health Organization says

The novel coronavirus disease has an official name.

In the wake of the first case of the coronavirus reported in MA earlier this month, Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Nadia Abuelezam compiled a concise list of facts about the virus for the school website in the wake of "a barrage of news and social media posts full of data, terminology, and information that was hard to understand".

The Study Group had assessed the novelty of the virus to arrive at the name.

Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced this at a news conference in Geneva, at the conclusion of a two-day research and innovation forum on COVID-19.

The virus had been tentatively referred to as 2019-nCoV.

China's ruling Communist Party on Monday confirmed that authorities have carried out tests on 10.59 million people in Wuhan city of Hubei province to identify coronavirus patients. "The basic reproductive number in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the epidemic, is now estimated to be 2.68, meaning two to three people are infected from every infected person in this particular area".

The WHO and the Study Group use two very different criteria and approaches while deciding the names. People's names-usually the scientists who identified the disease-are also banned, as are "terms that incite undue fear" such as "unknown" or "fatal", the World Health Organization said. According to the guidelines, the disease name should not include geographic locations and people's names as this can be stigmatising.

Researchers have been calling for an official name to avoid confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country. He opined that it is the time to find whether the world can come together to fight a common enemy that does not respect borders or ideologies. Public has been educated to protect their own health and that of others. According to the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, SARS-CoV-2 is a sister virus to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses. Scientists participating in the virus will also discuss the origin of this virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, on January 25, 2015.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the official name on Twitter.

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