The Coronavirus Being Referred to as the Chinese Virus
That the virus emerged from a nonhuman animal, probably a bat, and possibly after passing through another creature, may seem spooky, yet it is utterly unsurprising to scientists who study these things.
Kennedy said that past language used by Mr. Trump and his administration had eliminated any benefit of the doubt. “Given the Trump administration’s long record of statements and actions on immigration, immigrants and issues of race,” he said, “use of this term can’t but be interpreted as xenophobic and tinged with racist overtones.”
Read, J. M. et al. Preprint at MedRxiv https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.23.20018549v1 (2020).
Liu, T. et al. Preprint at BioRxiv https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.25.919787v1 (2020).