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The official name of the virus responsible for COVID-19, composed of the following elements:

“SARS” for severe acute respiratory syndrome, “Co” for corona, “V” for virus, and “2” to distinguish this virus from the virus that caused the SARS pandemic from 2002-2003 (SARS-CoV-1).

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Hot zone

A hot zone is a section of a facility (sometimes an entire facility or even a city district) where there is a high risk of contamination by patients with an infectious disease. All individuals entering a hot zone must respect appropriate protective measures. By analogy, “cold zone” and “warm zone” are used to refer to areas where there is no infected individual or only individuals suspected of having an infection.