The Difference Between Coranavirus And COVID-19

There would be a lot of confusing events during a pandemic, including the names of the virus and the dialect we use to talk about the disease itself. People around the globe used "Coronavirus" and "COVID-19" indistinguishably. But one is actually a subset of the other.

Here's what you should know about the conflicting meaning of coronavirus and COVID-19 and some other helpful information.

"Coronavirus" actually refers to a handful of diseases

The concept of coronavirus isn't new. The term refers to a group of viruses that are known to cause respiratory issues. So even though many are referring to the illness rotating around right now as "coronavirus," it is not actually the name of the disease. It is like using the term 'dog' to describe a 'German Shepeard'.

The seriousness of coronaviruses can range from being a mild cold to more severe symptoms that can lead to hospitalization, like lung problems. Some examples of the previous coronaviruses include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

COVID-19 is what experts are calling this particular disease

Experts refer to this virus as the "novel coronavirus," meaning it is a new type of coronavirus that was not previously known or understood by health experts. COVID-19 is the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 can lead to major health problems like pneumonia and organ failure, and it can also cause issues like shortness of breath and fever. People who are at the highest risk for severe complications from COVID-19 are those who are over the age of 65, anyone who may be immunocompromised, and those with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

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