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Here are the terms you should know in order to search for information on the coronavirus pandemic: 

novel coronavirus 

This is the type of virus that has caused diseases like SARS, COVID-19, and the common cold.

"Novel" means this particular coronavirus is a newly identified one.

More information on coronaviruses here.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

This is the name of the specific virus that causes COVID-19. 


Coronavirus disease 2019.

This is the name of the disease caused by the virus. 


An epidemic of infectious disease across continents.

See: Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health.

See also: A Very Short Introduction to Pandemics

More information on naming the virus and the disease by the World Health Organization is here.

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