27 January, 2021

China Coronavirus

Interesting timing here. I was just reading this at Power Line Blog the other day and speculating on it.

Variants and variations | Power Line (powerlineblog.com)

We daren’t call COVID-19, the China Coronavirus, but we do call the latest highly communicable variant the “British variant.” Something is wrong here.

Ari Fleischer calls out the Washington Post on this:

Wait a minute…After months of being told it was racist to refer to COVID as a ‘Chinese virus’ the WP refers to its new strains as ‘British and South African variants.’ So you can use the name of the nation where it comes from, so long as that nation is not China. Got it.

The Post’s line has been that calling this virus the “China virus” represents a “dangerous attitude.” The paper quoted an alleged expert — a lecturer in Asian American and Asian diaspora studies — who called it “racist” to say “China virus.”

But it is no more racist to say “China virus” than it is to say “British variant.” In both cases, the idea is to identify the origin of the virus, not to disparage a racial group.

This actually makes sense to me, and had been wondering if I might should start being fair and calling it the China Coronavirus.

And then I read this:

INSANE: Joe Biden Signs Executive Order Banning the Term "China Virus" (thegatewaypundit.com)

Joe Biden signed an executive order today that banned the term “China virus.”
It’s not clear how this will help with the pandemic.

Ok, that clears things up nicely for me. Henceforth, I will only refer to the virus as the China Virus on this blog.

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