Some of the guidelines included:
- Using generic descriptive terms (such as respiratory disease and watery diarrhea),
- Using specific descriptive terms that are plain - Naming the causative agent like “novel coronavirus,”
- Names should be short
- Names should be acronym-ized, if too long
Gianna Nino-Tapias (’18)
“World Health Organization Best Practices for the Names of New Human Infectious Disease.” May 2015. World Health Organization. Accessed 8 February 2017.
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