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COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, is a contagious disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV). Presumably it is a zoonosis. The disease surfaced at the end of 2019 and is so prevalent that it became the coronavirus pandemic from 11 March 2020. It caused lockdowns in numerous countries.[1]

The terms Chinese griep or China virus have been used to describe the virus, and have been considered to be derogative terminologies.[2]

Stocks temporarily declined during the pandemic, with long-term effects not yet clear. One week stock markets around the world lost $5 trillion due to the crisis that occurred as a result.[3] According to reporter Amber Jamieson, this was due to "uncertainty."[3]



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