Yes, Viruses Used To Be Named After Places. Here’s Why They Aren’t Anymore.

It has been done before but doesn’t make it ok. Note how Swine Flu was handled…

Asked about Trump’s use of the term “Chinese Virus,” Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s emergency program, said at a press conference on Wednesday that it was something everyone should avoid.

“It’s been very clear since the beginning that the viruses know no borders, and they don’t care about your ethnicity or the color of your skin,” he said.

He noted that the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus pandemic (referred to as “swine flu” early on) originated in North America.

“We didn’t call it the North American flu, so it’s very important that we have the same approach when it comes to other viruses,” Ryan said.

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