The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a communicable respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that causes illness in humans.
The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, but it has now spread throughout the world. It has been named coronavirus disease 2019
‘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 disease spreads from person to person through infected air droplets that are projected during sneezing or coughing. It can also be transmitted when humans have contact with hands or surfaces that contain the virus and touch their eyes, nose, or mouth with the contaminated hands.