Everyone is concerned about the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. It is one of the trending words on the Internet. A quick Google search of “Coronavirus” returns about 7.9 billion hits in less than a second.
Do you know that the word “corona” in Coronavirus is a Latin word for “crown”? In Greek, “corona” means “garland” or “wreath.” A crown on its own may be a good thing, but when it comes to a virus, then it is a crown of thorns!
“Corona” as a word may be good; as we have Corona Tools as a business, Corona Framework used for creating apps and games, and a beautiful city in southern California called Corona. But, corona-with-virus or “Corona V” (my term) is virulent, violent, and volatile.
As I reflect further on Corona V, I remember other chronic conditions with a “crown” - coronary heart (artery) disease or atherosclerotic heart disease, coronary thrombosis, coronary embolism, coronary vasospasm, and coronary aneurysm. All these relate to poor working conditions of the arteries around the heart.
Let us all endeavor to take the necessary measures to protect ourselves from Corona V. Remain healthy, happy and resilient. Keep those infected and affected by Coronavirus in your prayers!
Dr. Godwin N. Aja
AIIAS Graduate School
Public Health Department