So What Does the Acronym COVID-19 Stand For Anyway? The Answer May Surprise You

by Joe Sesso on April 9, 2020

I’ve been locked down working from home for three weeks now, and like many of you I’m wondering when everything will return to normal. I tune in every day for the latest information on COVID-19 and what’s going on around the country and the world. But one question kept popping up in my head: What does COVID-19 mean anyway?COVID-19 image, coronavirus image

Maybe you already know the answer but in every one of the briefings and updates that I watched, nobody explained what it stood for. Even when I asked others, they didn’t know either. So I was determined to find out what COVID-19 stood for. I wanted to see it’s scientific name and learn more about what it meant. So I went to the Centers for Disease Control website to do my research. It didn’t take long to find the answer.

Since all of the letters are capitalized, I assumed it was an acronym for something. I was right about that. I discovered that its “scientific” name wasn’t really scientific at all. It’s actually pretty simple:

CO = Corona
VI = Virus
D = Disease

So COVID simply is short for “Coronavirus Disease.” That’s easy enough. But what about the “19”? What could that mean? Maybe it was the number of molecules or something that made up the virus? It had to be scientific, right?

Nope. Not at all. The number 19 simply means the year the virus was identified. Despite doing most of its damage in 2020, China identified it in December of 2019. And that’s that.

If you like this post, Monday’s post will dig deeper into a very important topic:

Monday’s blog post will discuss two possible solutions for how we “open up the country for business” again. I’m going to share real data and ideas from Dr. Anthony Fauci and other scientists.

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