Here’s the short and sweet of it all: the disease first made an appearance late last year and was previously known as the 2019 novel coronavirus.
And what’s interesting is that there is a virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. It’s called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. Think of it like how HIV is the virus that causes the disease AIDS.
If interested in learning more about how viruses and diseases get their names, check out the World Health Organization’s website.