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Coronavirus gets official name from WHO: COVID-19

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEFeb. 11, 2020, 3:25 PM UTC / Updated Feb. 12, 2020, 2:44 AM UTCBy Erika EdwardsThe disease caused by the new coronavirus that's sickened more than 42,000 people in China now has an official name: COVID-19. It stands for the coronavirus disease that was discovered in 2019.The World Health Organization announced the name Tuesday, saying it was careful to find a name without stigma."We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, or an individual or group of people," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a call with reporters.It's also easy to pronounce, he ...