However, it has since been officially designated as COVID-19. Both the World Health Organization and the CDC caution against naming diseases after geographic locations or groups of people specifically to prevent stigma.
What’s more, there is no real need at the moment to differentiate COVID-19 from any other strain of coronavirus. And yet, despite calls for unity in the face of an unprecedented situation, the president continues to refer to COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus.”
“Our Asian-American communities — people YOU serve — are already suffering. They don’t need you fueling more bigotry.”
CDC Director Robert Redfield has said that it’s “absolutely wrong and inappropriate” to refer to COVID-19 as a “Chinese virus.”