Based on recent announcements by the World Health Organization (WHO) (Novel Coronavirus disease naming ) and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) (Coronavirus study group), concepts recently added to SNOMED CT related to the recent outbreak of coronavirus respiratory disease have been revised.  The WHO has named the syndrome caused by this coronavirus, COVID-19.  The ICTV has named the virus “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” or SARS-CoV-2. 

The Fully specified names and preferred terms (US-English and GB-English only) have been updated to reflect these new names.  As the original names associated with these concepts were known to be temporary and there is no change in the meaning of the concepts, these description changes are considered to be technical corrections and do not require the inactivation and replacement of concepts from the January 2020 release of SNOMED CT. 

Note that the following changes do not affect clinical meaning, nor the SNOMED CT concept ID available to users. All changes will be included in the July 31, 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition release.
 

SCTID Description type Original description New description
840533007 Fully specified name 2019 novel coronavirus (organism) Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (organism)
840533007 Preferred term 2019-nCoV SARS-CoV-2
840536004 Fully specified name Antigen of 2019 novel coronavirus (substance) Antigen of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (substance)
840536004 Preferred term Antigen of 2019-nCoV Antigen of SARS-CoV-2
840534001 Fully specified name 2019 novel coronavirus vaccination (procedure) Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 vaccination (procedure)
840534001 Preferred term 2019-nCoV vaccination SARS-CoV-2 vaccination
840535000 Fully specified name Antibody to 2019 novel coronavirus (substance) Antibody to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (substance)
840535000 Preferred term Antibody to 2019-nCoV Antibody to SARS-CoV-2
840546002 Fully specified name Exposure to 2019 novel coronavirus (event) Exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (event)
840546002 Preferred term Exposure to 2019 novel coronavirus Exposure to SARS-CoV-2
840539006 Fully specified name Disease caused by 2019 novel coronavirus (disorder) Disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (disorder)
840539006 Preferred term Disease caused by 2019-nCoV COVID-19
840544004 Fully specified name Suspected disease caused by 2019 novel coronavirus (situation) Suspected disease caused by severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (situation)
840544004 Preferred term Suspected disease caused by 2019-nCoV Suspected disease caused by SARS-CoV-2

All previous descriptions related to these concepts have been retained to facilitate searching and mapping to descriptions that may have been used prior to these term changes.

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