Most of us know that COVID-19 Is the scientific name we are using for the coronavirus that is causing this pandemic. 

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But why is it called that? It's definitely not like King Henry VIII. Nope, there weren't 18 different coronaviruses before this. That has nothing to do with the number 19. 

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On the 31st of December, 2019, a strange pneumonia was reported to the Chinese WHO Country Office. A cluster of these cases originally appeared in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei Province of China. These infections were found to be caused by a new coronavirus which was given the name “2019 novel coronavirus” (2019-nCoV). 

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A cluster of such cases originally appeared in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei Province of China. These infections were found to be caused by a new coronavirus which was given the name '2019 novel coronavirus' or the COVID-19. 

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COVID-19 is the name given by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the 11th of February, 2020 for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. 

Initially, it was named SARS-CoV-2 because this coroavirus is a cousin of the virus which caused the SARS outbreak. (SARS-CoV). 

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COVID-19 is an acronym that stands for coronavirus disease of 2019. 'CO' stands for corona, 'Vi' stands for virus and D stands for disease. The 19 stands for the year it was found in.

The name was changed to COVID-19 by the WHO 'to enable discussion on disease prevention, spread, transmissibility, severity, and treatment'. 

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So that's the story of how the biggest pandemic of the last decade was named.