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COVID-19 Capitalization

CoronaVirus, corona virus, coronavirus? This Grammar.com article will tell you the right way to identify COVID-19.


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The word "coronavirus" is not a proper noun, and is not the name of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Therefore, "CoronaVirus", "Coronavirus", and "Corona Virus" are invalid. Adding a space, like in "corona virus", is also invalid.

You can't say someone "got coronavirus", but you can say someone "got the coronavirus", or "got COVID-19". "The" can only be left out if it is a proper noun like if someone gets H.I.V. or A.I.D.S.

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  • I have no issues with the gist of this entry, but in the first sentence "COVID-19" should not be used in apposition to "the name of the coronavirus", which is SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 is the name of the disease, COrona VIrus Disease 2019. 
    LikeReplyReport1 year ago
  • is it covid or Covid or COVID if we wanna say it without the -19 and is it rona 'rona Rona or 'Rona
    LikeReplyReport 41 year ago

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