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  1. #1 The "woke" naming of a virus 
    Senior Member Banacek's Avatar
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    They (the WHO) are following a modern standard by which disease names avoid inflammatory connotations with people and places. Too often in the past from syphilis as the "French pox," the 1918 influenza as the "Spanish flu," AIDS as the "gay plague," Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and the currently named "WuFlu," which made an appearance early in the new outbreak and which is symbolic of a sudden wave of anti-Asian, and specifically Chinese, prejudice.

    Chinatown districts even in the United States are being affected economically through unwarranted fear associated with the virus. And there have been equivalently virulent outbreaks of hate speech against Asian individuals in places untouched by the new virus.

    However, although SARS-CoV-2 as a name avoids such problems, different considerations led the WHO to reject it in its discussions, determining that its use ties it to tightly to the much more deadly SARS-CoV-1 virus in the public mind, risking greater fear and panic, especially in Asia, where SARS-CoV-1 had the biggest impact.
    MERS was originally Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

    I wonder if something like CCP virus occurred in Ireland would Irish sensitivities be considered.
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    This PC shit has got to end.
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