US push to include 'Wuhan virus' language in G7 joint statement fractures alliance

"What the State Department has suggested is a red line," a European diplomat said. "You cannot agree with this branding of this virus and trying to communicate this."


On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name is abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus”.

People are worried about the disease. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, for example, towards Chinese or other Asian Americans or people who were in quarantine.

Stigma is discrimination against an identifiable group of people, a place, or a nation. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths.

Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem.


Source: The CDC

People who don't understand why this is a big deal don't understand the effect words really have on us, mostly subconsciously. They probably don't understand why freedom of speech is so important either. Words, when they're used in certain ways, can be powerful. They can change the way you see the world. They can change what you associate something with. They can take on a life of their own. Its not about being offended by the name, people are offended by everything now. Its about the subtle connotation and association it will create. And its about once again, deflecting blame for mistakes that have been made, and getting people to focus on the absolute wrong things. Where the virus originated doesn't really matter when it comes to trying to stop it. Its an attempt to distract you from the catastrophic job our leadership has done handling it. Its more blame shifting, Trumps #1 move. He NEVER takes responsibility for any failure that occurs under his leadership - something a GOOD leader will always do. He just finds ways to blame his and his cronies inadequacies on whoever else they can. Anything to turn attention away from them. It doesn't matter who they throw under the bus or what effects it has. As long as Trump gets to avoid taking responsibility for another catastrophe under his watch, its justifiable in their eyes. Its really pathetic and its nauseating.