Coronavirus: a name game

Some say terminology like 'Chinese Virus' unfairly points blame at Asian-Americans

April 17, 2020
Digital illustration of two hands pointing at each other with a starburst in the background
As of 2015, the World Health Organization advises against naming infectious diseases after cultural, national or ethnic groups. [Credit: Corryn Wetzel | CC BY-SA 4.0]

Does what we call a virus really matter?

Corryn Wetzel speaks with a professor of ethnic studies, a civil rights organization and an infectious disease expert to understand how rhetoric around COVID-19 has impacted Asian-Americans.

About the Author

Corryn Wetzel

Corryn is the Health section editor at Scienceline. She’s based in New York City and loves writing about wildlife ecology, biology, and women’s and LGBTQ+ health.


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