United States President Donald Trump recently said at a rally that he has no idea what the 19 in COVID-19 actually means.
President Trump was speaking at a rally for this upcoming election in Phoenix when he said, I could give you 19 or 20 names for that, right. He then went on to say that many people can't really explain what the 19 in the COVID-19 actually means.
To be clear, COVID-19 can be broken up into many parts. The first part of the name signifies the virus which causes the disease, SARS CoV 2. WHO had said that it was previously called as 2019 novel Coronavirus. Here the number 19 represents the year 2019, the year when the virus was first discovered.
At the Presidential campaign rally, Trump also referred the Coronavirus as Kung Flu virus or Chinese virus. I can name it as Kung Flu. I can name 19 different versions of the name for the virus. Many call it a virus, many call it as a flu. What difference, I think we have 19 or 20 versions of the name, said President Trump.