COVID-19

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Business continuity - pandemic.

COVID-19 is an abbreviation for coronavirus disease 2019.

CO stands for 'corona', VI for 'virus', D for 'disease' and 19 for '2019'.

This official name was announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 February 2020.


Milder symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and mild shortness of breath.

More severe symptoms can include greater difficulties in breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.

The most severe cases can be fatal, particularly in people who have pre-existing health conditions, including COPD.


The WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020.

The first cases appear to have occurred in November 2019.


COVID-19 is also sometimes known as Corvid-19, novel coronavirus, new coronavirus or - more simply - coronavirus.

It is sometimes written in lowercase as Covid-19 or shortened to C-19, CV-19 or CV19.


See also


Resources for COVID-19

ACT technical - COVID-19

UK government: support for businesses

UK government: COVID-19 support hub