I hear these terms being used interchangeably, Coronavirus or COVID- 19. What does it all mean and when can we use it? Let’s start with some background.
How do we name viruses:
Once a new or novel virus is discovered ( novel meaning new to us humans and our immune system) it is viewed under a microscope. Based on what the virus looks like under the microscope that’s how the name is formulated. For the coronavirus, it gets its name from the spikes or the projections which look like a crown.
Corona = crown.