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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.
The terms Chinese griep or China virus have been used to describe the virus, and have been considered to be derogative terminologies.
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. According to reporter Amber Jamieson, this was due to "uncertainty."