Why is it called COVID-19?
COVID-19 stands for “coronavirus disease 2019” and is the name of the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
COVID-19 refers to the illnesses, not the virus, where:
- SARS stands for “severe acute respiratory syndrome”
- CoV stands for “coronavirus”
- 2 represents the second strain of this type of coronavirus (the first appeared in 2003 and caused SARS)