• Published on Sep 18, 2020

Video Transcript


Coronavirus has been teaching us a lot about infectious disease and public health. But it's also teaching us a lot of new words. I'm going to help you talk coronavirus. It really is learning a new language.

So what's the difference between coronavirus, COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-2? Coronavirus is actually a class of viruses so named, because under the microscope the scientist who discovered them thought they resembled the bright crown like ring that surrounds the sun, also known as the solar corona.

You'll often hear it called COVID-19, which is short for coronavirus disease. The 19 stands for 2019, the year it was discovered.

SARS-CoV-2 is actually the virus that causes COVID-19. If this is confusing, just think of the way AIDS and HIV are described. HIV is a virus that causes AIDS.