“COVID-19” is the World Health Organization’s official name for a disease (hence the “D”) caused by a coronavirus (hence “COV”) that was discovered in late 2019 (hence the number). As with “AIDS” and “HIV,” there’s a different official name for the illness (COVID-19) and the actual virus that causes it (SARS-CoV-2). You’ll also see people calling it the novel coronavirus (because it’s new) or just the coronavirus. “Wuhan virus” gradually fell out of use once the disease spread beyond the city of Wuhan, where it was first reported, to other parts of China and Asia, and then to the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.
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