Myth: The virus is not new – I’ve seen the name Coronavirus on products sold last year.

Fact: The term novel coronavirus means it’s a new type of coronavirus which hasn’t been previously detected. Coronavirus is family of viruses and the reason people may have seen ‘Human Coronavirus’ on labels is that this refers to previous strains of the virus.

There are several names being used for this novel coronavirus. The World Health Organization has called the disease COVID-19 but the virus itself is called SARS-CoV-2 so It can be confusing but most people are calling it the novel coronavirus.

Source: Dr Lisa Ackerley, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and Hygiene Expert