Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

New name for disease caused by virus outbreak: COVID-19

TT Ministry of Health hosts stakeholder meeting on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) New name for disease caused by virus outbreak: COVID-19
Gustavo Carr | 14 February, 2020, 10:38

As the death toll from the Coronavirus contagion continues to rise, numerous countries are issuing travel bans to and fro from China.

"We now have a name for the disease and it's COVID-19", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of "2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease" and China's National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it "novel coronavirus pneumonia" or NCP.

Ultimately, however, scientists may end up in the same situation they were during the 2002-03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - which died out before a vaccine could be fully developed.

The civil aviation body also plans to release a letter reminding countries of their obligation to draw up national aviation plans in the event of any global health emergency. "They are going to take time to develop - however within the meantime, we're not defenseless", he mentioned. From now on, the virus will be known as "COVID-19". The NY Times report pointed out that the naming convention of the Novel Coronavirus gives a standard format to describe any future coronavirus outbreaks.

This had a major impact on the pork industry even though the disease was being spread by people rather than pigs. In many parts, cases of new infections are slowly coming down.

Two stranded cruise ships have illustrated the fears surrounding Covid-19.

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He noted that the samples have been transported to laboratories via helicopter at Sihanoukville Seaport and that all passengers and crew remain on board in quarantine.

The Chinese language authorities eliminated the director and Communist Celebration secretary of Hubei's provincial well being committee on Tuesday, the highest-level officers identified to be eliminated for the federal government's response to the outbreak.

The decision comes on the back of a wave of public criticism aimed at officials in the province, precipitated by the death of Li Wenliang.

One patient in Macao and one in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery.

"Coronavirus" is actually the name of a large family of viruses, not the virus itself.

Genetic analysis of the virus suggests that it may have originally been transmitted from bats, senior World Health Organization scientist Marie-Paule Kieny said. But while countries are still working hard on containing the virus, we must be ready in case there is wider spread.

However, it was very likely that the virus was passed on indirectly from the small winged mammals to humans via some intermediate species, she added.

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