How Do Viruses Get Their Names?
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Yes, there's a serious scientific process for naming viruses. The name that sticks, though, is a different matter.

Chances are you’ve been reading a lot about viruses lately, and in doing so, you may have noticed that a number of them have more than one name—an official scientific name and a popular name. But where do these names come from? Well, the official scientific name of a virus is determined by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, according to BBC Future. Members choose it based on suggestions sent to them by the scientists who are researching a new virus to figure out how to classify it based on its morphology (i.e. its size and shape), its chemical structure, and the way it reproduces. A virus’s popular name, on the other hand, often starts circulating before the official one can be picked, and these names—often linked to the countries or regions where they began—can be contentious and even deeply offensive.

Let’s look at some specific cases.

Source: https://www.rd.com/culture/how-do-viruses-get-their-names/
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