The Difference Between Coronavirus and COVID-19

by Ashley Lopez

Grant County Indiana has just received confirmation its first presumptive positive test for COVID-19. However, the community isn’t convinced it’s the only case in our county. 

Posts on social media have residents claiming that they have contracted the coronavirus, some of which even claim that they’ve tested positive for the coronavirus. So, why isn’t this being reported by our health officials?

Perhaps the answer lies with the widespread confusion surrounding coronavirus and the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, which is currently having a massive impact on our country and way of life. 

According to the World Health Organization, “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.”

Many have been using “coronavirus” and “COVID-19″ interchangeably, however, “coronavirus” is actually a generic term, which refers to multiple strains of virus. A person can test positive for a strain of coronavirus but it does not mean they have the novel coronavirus strain, “COVID-19.” 

Due to the current pandemic, the CDC and other health organizations are only tracking COVID-19 and not other strains of coronavirus. So, while some people may be claiming to have “coronavirus,” they do not have the specific life-threatening strain that is currently sweeping across the world as a global pandemic. While any strain of coronavirus is inconvenient, it is not being recorded by the CDC or being announced by local health professionals, because it does not pose the same level of threat as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

It’s important that we keep our facts straight and that we rely on accurate information, especially in the midst of a global pandemic.

To further educate yourself and/or to keep an eye on the latest developments, we at Channel 27 News would direct you to the latest updates from our local officials here in Grant County (which you can find posted on our Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/tysonmediaoutlet/), as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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