What does it mean that coronaviruses are zoonotic?
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
What have been some of the names for the COVID-19 pandemic?
The pandemic is known by several names. It is often referred to as its colloquial name, the coronavirus pandemic, despite the existence of other human coronaviruses that have caused epidemics and outbreaks (e.g. SARS). Before it was declared a pandemic, it was known as the coronavirus outbreak and Wuhan coronavirus outbreak