COVID-19 or Covid-19

Our preference is to use 'COVID-19' when writing about the coronavirus, rather than 'Covid-19' or 'covid-19'. This is consistent with the World Health Organization's use of the abbreviation and its use in scientific papers, for example:

  • As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of Imperial's teaching moved online.

Talking about variants

We will use the new names of variants (rather than ‘the Kent variant’). If there is any confusion, use phraseology (as per the BBC) to indicate where the variant was first identified, for example:

  • ...the Delta variant, first identified in India...
  • ...The Alpha variant, first identified in Kent...