COVID-19 or coronavirus? If you’ve ever wondered what name you should be using for the current pandemic, you’re not alone. It’s actually one of the top frequently asked questions on the CDC’s website. So, what is the difference between these two somewhat similar names?
COVID-19 is the abbreviated version of the disease’s full name, coronavirus disease 2019. However, the term “coronavirus” is not specific to this disease. Coronavirus was first identified in the mid-1960s. There are seven known coronaviruses that can infect people. Two of the most widely known are SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and SARS-CoV, which causes SARS.
– Sydney Beam, The Pittsburgh 100