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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.

For more information, please contact info@snomed.org 

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