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Love the Marines! BTW, why do they keep calling it the "novel" coronavirus? Is it supposed to be something quirky, unique, or interesting?

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"Novel" is also used to represent the word 'new' or, in this case, as people are using it to replace the word 'current'. It's not really practical any longer to call this disease 'novel coronavirus' as it has been given an official, publicly used designation which is 'COVID-19'. After all, it is no longer 'new'. Here's an excerpt from the WHO website:


'CO' stands for corona, 'VI' for virus, and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as '2019 novel coronavirus' or '2019-nCoV.' The COVID-19 virus is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

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And, to add some confusion, you have the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) which now calls the virus “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” as 11 February 2020. This is not used by the public in general as you're probably aware. They've linked it genetically to the SARS disease hence the use of SARS in the designation.

So it's not difficult to understand why people for whom English is not their first language find it difficult to know what to call this disease. It's a bit confusing for some native English speakers as well.

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Thanks, slifko, for clarifying the "novel" part of the name. According to the definition, it really shouldn't be called that anymore. I hope JT stops referring to it as that.

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