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Covid-19 is a stupid name for SARS-2

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MrsKypp Sun 03-May-20 16:08:56

Covid-19 sounds like a boy band or something, not a serious disease.

SARS terrified people. This is SARS 2 and should have been called that instead.

Names matter. It influences how seriously people take it.

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DoubleTweenQueen Sun 03-May-20 16:17:27

The virus is named SARS-CoV-2. The disease it causes, Covid19. The media have generally used Covid19. I would think the numbers of people suffering and dying would ensure it's taken seriously.

Porcupineinwaiting Sun 03-May-20 17:42:15

Do you really think it will help all of us struggling with this at home to be more terrified though? Trust me, we're already pretty scared. hmm

thewheelsonthebus23 Sun 03-May-20 17:50:01

I still call it coronavirus confused

PleasantVille Sun 03-May-20 17:55:12

Who was terrified of SARS? I'm in England and old enough to have remembered it but tbh I'd totally forgotten about it until this all happened.

I can see it might have been frightening in other countries but was it really in anyone's radar in the UK?

Maybe I somehow missed it. I don't think the name matters, the number of people dying gets the message out.

FamilyOfAliens Sun 03-May-20 17:57:22

It stands for Corona Virus Disease and the 19 is the year when the first case was detected.

The name wasn’t decided on by a focus group!

SorrelBlackbeak Sun 03-May-20 18:00:01

SARS didn't terrify people in the UK. If it had, the government might had been prepared for this one.

ChanklyBore Sun 03-May-20 18:01:08

SARS2 wouldn’t be a good idea, surely, as it would encourage people to behave as they did when SARS (1?) was around, ie normally.

SARS caused 774 deaths worldwide and that was without a lockdown or vaccine.

TheCanterburyWhales Sun 03-May-20 18:01:27

I think the name Covid 2 has been around long enough not to be associated with a boy band. hmm

TheCanterburyWhales Sun 03-May-20 18:03:38

And, no, Sars didn't terrify me. Neither does Covid, Corona, Sars 2, Covid 2, Covid 19 and all the other variations.

PleasantVille Sun 03-May-20 18:04:46

Actually it does sound like a serious disease because ieveryone knows it is a serious disease, no one hears “Covid 19” and thinks to themselves, I wonder what that is? Is it a boy band I haven't heard of?

BakedCam Sun 03-May-20 18:05:20



That made me laugh.

Splitsunrise Sun 03-May-20 18:07:08

Who the hell thinks covid 19 is a boy band?! If they are that thick then to be honest I don’t think changing a name is going to make any difference to how they behave!

Of all things, the name isn’t the problem.

pocketem Sun 03-May-20 18:10:43

SARS didn't terrify anyone. People were making "SARS In Their Eyes" jokes etc. Plus it is widely (though incorrectly) seen as an example as a panic over nothing, so calling covid SARS-2 would have made people not take it seriously.
The virus is called SARS-CoV2

LochJessMonster Sun 03-May-20 18:12:22

I’m pretty sure those that aren’t taking it seriously aren’t doing so because they don’t think the name is scary enough hmm

ViciousJackdaw Sun 03-May-20 19:09:38


That just sounds like a film sequel. 'It came from the East...'
Covid-19 is quite a sensible name, as Family says, it's just a shortening.

Willow2017 Sun 03-May-20 19:29:31

There were 4 confirmed cases of SARS in Uk how the hell is that terrifying compared to nearly 90,000 confirmed cases and nearly 9000 deaths from COVID19

Give your head a shake!

PuzzledObserver Sun 03-May-20 19:33:15

Where are you getting your numbers from, @Willow2017? Those are way out of date.

Kittykat93 Sun 03-May-20 19:38:22

Well it made me laugh op.

woodencoffeetable Sun 03-May-20 19:43:27

I find the name a bit macabre tbh
reminds me of 'corvid', you know, the black spooky birds.

BarkandCheese Sun 03-May-20 19:48:00

You could rename Ebola fluffykins and it would still be an utterly terrifying disease. Covid 19 is a suitable name, I don’t think calling it SARS 2 would make any difference to people’s response to it.

HeadacheAgainToday Sun 03-May-20 21:07:31

Seems like a sensible name to me.

This is a weird thread!

Off to listen to a boyband now... Before I watch some more Sars in their eyes

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