COVID-19

noun
\ ˈkō-vid-nīn-ˈtēn How to pronounce COVID-19 (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Covid-19 or covid-19

Definition of COVID-19

1 : a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets) or with objects or surfaces contaminated by the causative virus, and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure

Note: COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

An infectious and deadly coronavirus that has killed thousands in China has spread to at least 44 countries, stirring fears that COVID-19 may soon become a pandemic.— Darryl Coote As the number of confirmed global cases of COVID-19 continues to climb, analysts are beginning to forecast that the impact of the epidemic will stretch into the second quarter of 2020, which will likely impact the earnings of companies …— Georgia Williams The viral outbreak officially became a pandemic in the eyes of the World Health Organization, which cited the alarming spread of the disease called covid-19 and the slow response of many nations to try to contain it.— Joel Achenbach et al.

called also coronavirus, coronavirus disease, coronavirus disease 2019, CV-19, CV19

— see sars-cov-2
2 : the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 : sars-cov-2 The goal of the vaccine is to trick cells to produce antibodies against COVID-19's surface protein, thereby eliminating the virus with the body's own immune system.— Miriam Fauzia Germs exist on surfaces in our everyday living spaces, including viruses like Covid-19, says Professor Wendy Graham, who works at the department of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.— Aine Fox and Catherine Wylie

First Known Use of COVID-19

2020, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for COVID-19

coronavirus disease 2019

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“COVID-19.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/COVID-19. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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COVID-19

noun
\ ˈkō-vid-nīn-ˈtēn How to pronounce COVID-19 (audio) \
variants: also Covid-19 or covid-19

Medical Definition of COVID-19

1 : a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (as respiratory droplets) or with contact with objects or surfaces contaminated with the causative virus, and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure

Note: COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

called also coronavirus, coronavirus disease, coronavirus disease 2019, CV-19, CV19

2 : the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 : sars-cov-2

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