Novel coronavirus gets an official new name - COVID-19 says WHO

The World Health Organization Named The New Coronavirus “COVID-19”

The World Health Organization Named The New Coronavirus “COVID-19”

The number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus in China has stabilised, but the apparent slowdown in the epidemic spread should be viewed with "extreme caution,", the head of the World Health Organisation said yesterday. "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Ghebreyesus said.

Expert says that there is plenty of researches that have been done to ascertain the period of persistence of viruses on surfaces following the Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003.

The title was announced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations health agency that has already declared the outbreak of the never-seen-before virus a global public health emergency. The CO stands for corona, while the VI for virus and the D for the disease. "Equitable access - making sure we share data and reach those most in need, in particular those in lower and middle-income countries, is fundamental to this work, which must be guided by ethical considerations at all times".

"The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months, so we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus while preparing for the long-term".

"We've sent supplies to countries to diagnose and treat patients and protect health workers". Countries have also been advised on how to prevent the spread of disease and care for those who are sick.

"We're strengthening lab capacity all over the world. I appreciate the positive response of the research community to join us at short notice and come up with concrete plans and commitment to work together".

"It's when each and every individual becomes part of the containment strategy that we can succeed".

World Health Organization has engaged network of country representatives, as well as the United Nations resident coordinators in countries, to brief them on the outbreak and inform them about the steps they can take.

To fast-track the global research on the disease, a two-day WHO-coordinated research and innovation forum was held in Geneva on Tuesday to gather about 400 scientists and researchers as well as some 25 funders from around world to discuss a priority research agenda for the COVID-19 outbreak.

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