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

Despite repeated advice from the medical community that naming diseases after their place of origin has no benefit and actually causes harm, President Donald Trump and some conservative media figures continue to use the phrase “Chinese Virus” to describe the new coronavirus. In 2015, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines for naming new infectious diseases […]

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Coronavirus disease named Covid-19

Media playback is unsupported on your device The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. It comes after the death toll from the virus passed […]