What’s in a name? A lot when it comes to disease outbreaks, according to the recent communication from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the previously named coronavirus. The virus will now be named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and the disease named COVID-19. While it has been noted that picking a name might not ...
Today’s disease names are less catchy, but also less likely to cause stigma
By Susan Hardy, Honorary Lecturer, Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW
18 Feb 2020