Coronavirus: 'Way too early' to predict end of outbreak, World Health Organization says

Grant Boone
February 15, 2020

Previously, Covid-19 was called as the 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease by WHO, and China's National Health Commission temporarily called it novel coronavirus pneumonia.

Over the course of a two-day forum this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) brought together leading health experts and major research funders to discuss COVID-19.

He said all countries should be "as aggressive as possible" and not allow the virus space for regional transmission.

The deadly coronavirus disease that has affected thousands around the globe and claimed hundreds of lives has been given an official name - "COVID-19". "It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks", World Health Organization director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference.

Researchers said that having a name is important as it prevents the use of other names that can be inaccurate and stigmatising.

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That's because the cold and dry environments of Eurasia are much better at preserving DNA that the wet heat of tropical Africa . He says there is likely evidence of other ghost populations in modern humans in other parts of the world.

The affliction is also known as SARS-CoV-2, according to the Coronavirus Study Group (part of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses), which is responsible for naming the coronavirus itself. The number of deaths have surpassed the death toll of SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.

While reiterating that now is a window opportunity to fight the disease as most of the cases have so far remained in China, Tedros also expressed his concerns for the virus to spread to the countries with weaker public health system, which he said "will create havoc".

World Health Organization's Tedros says - number of newly confirmed cases of coronavirus from china has stabilised over the past week but that must be interpreted with extreme caution.

He added that a WHO-led advance team that travelled to China earlier this week had made "good progress" on the composition and scope of its work. "We should recognize China for its efforts and for doing all it can to contain the spread of the virus [from] the rest of the world". Two deaths have been reported outside of China, one in Philippines and one in Hong Kong.

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