"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said during a press conference. The CO stands for corona, while the VI for virus and the D for the disease.
"We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. The director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the name has been chosen with an aim to avoid stigma, and in such a way that it makes a reference to any people, place or animals.
The head of the WHO's emergency programme, Mike Ryan, also said the stabilisation of new case numbers in China was reassuring, as was the apparently less aggressive and less accelerated behaviour of the virus outside of Hubei province.
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The event, organized in collaboration with the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness, focuses on pursuing critical research and the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, among other innovations. The Verge pointed out that within a month of the virus being reported, the U.S.'s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started shipping diagnostic testing kits it developed to labs in the USA and internationally. There are many basic public health interventions that are available to us now, and which can prevent infections now.
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.
The virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected 44,600. Outside China, there are 393 cases in 24 countries, with one death, the director-general added.
In the meantime, he tweeted, "there's a lot we can do to prevent transmission and prepare for any further spread". Public has been educated to protect their own health and that of others.