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    #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree with jutfrank that it doesn't need to be capitalised. I've changed my correction in post #4 so that it's not capitalised.
    Following my point in post #10, you need to add a the in there too, since it's a common noun, not a name.

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    #12

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    On tonight's All Things Considered, the (American) National Public Radio news program, reporters consistently called the virus coronavirus or, when the article was appropriate, the coronavirus. The one time a reporter named the disease, she called it Covid-19. I thought that was odd, but it turns out she was partially following the World Health Organization's guidance. The virus should properly be called “the COVID-19 virus”, as it's but one of many coronaviruses, but it looks like it's too late to enforce the distinction.
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    #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Following my point in post #10, you need to add a the in there too, since it's a common noun, not a name.
    I left it out because on all live BBC News reports I've seen in the last couple of days, they're omitting the article too.

    "The number of people reported as diagnosed with coronavirus ..."
    "Here is an update on the spread of coronavirus ..."
    "Here's what to do if you're concerned about coronavirus ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #14

    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I left it out because on all live BBC News reports I've seen in the last couple of days, they're omitting the article too.

    "The number of people reported as diagnosed with coronavirus ..."
    "Here is an update on the spread of coronavirus ..."
    "Here's what to do if you're concerned about coronavirus ..."
    Interesting.

    Are these examples from written texts only? I'm wondering if there are differences between spoken and written reports. I've been trying to pay special attention to usage too over the past week or so. I had concluded that the BBC are generally using the article, so your examples are interesting (to a usage nerd like me, at least).

    Here's the latest NHS advice I have up on my staffroom wall. Look at the last paragraph:

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    #15

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    For anyone who isn't utterly fascinated by all this, I'm really sorry to go on about it, but I've just spotted an interesting inconsistency in the text that emsr2d2 linked in post #8.

    Here's a recap of key developments as the coronavirus has continued to spread across the world:

    In Britain, tests for coronavirus are being extended to include people displaying flu-like symptoms at 100 GP surgeries and eight hospitals across the country.

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