Is it called Coronavirus or COVID-19?

Colourful image of a virus

Terminology is important. Too often terms are misused when we do not understand their meaning or context.

Do you know the difference between Coronavirus and COVID-19? Like the terms: Internet and the World Wide Web, many people use them interchangeably but they are not the same.

The explanation

I listened to Alan Alda (of MASH fame) on his podcast, Clear+Vivid, where he interviewed Dr Anthony Fauci of the US National Institute of Health (NIH) in early March 2020.

(You may have seen Dr Fauci recently. For a short period he was by the side of President Trump briefing the press on the pandemic.)

The episode, which was released on 6 March 2020, is called ‘Direct from the NIH: Dr Anthony Fauci on the Coronavirus – what we face and what we can do’.

During the podcast Dr Fauci explained difference between Coronavirus, which is a virus, and COVID-19, which is the disease.

His explanation was, just like the podcast’s name, clear and vivid. Listen for yourself via this link. (It is only 1 minute long.)

Hopefully I will never make the mistake again, confusing the virus with the disease. If I do, feel free to correct me.