What’s In A Name?
Check this out. Here you will see Jay Wong, the medical student pictured above, doing an interesting riff on the impact of attaching a geographic appellation to the name of a disease. Like Spanish Flu or Chinese Virus. Or even Lyme Disease.
In his post, which by the way uses more “big words” than I have seen strung together in a long time, he notes that the World Health Organization has warned against the use of such geographic names. Discrimination against people coming from named country, for example, can be intense. When the COVID-19 pandemic came to the U.S., for example, people started staying away from Chinese restaurants in droves.
The plot thickens, of course, when people in power actually blame the named country for allowing the disease to propagate beyond its borders.
Bottom Line. His recommendation? Simple. Drop the use of eponymous naming of diseases. Stick instead to a scientific description of the bug.