Asian flu
Bolivian hemorrhagic fever
Brazilian hemorrhagic fever
German measles
Japanese encephalitis
Lyme disease
Marburg virus
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)
Pontiac fever
Rift Valley fever
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Spanish flu
Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever
West Nile virus
Wuhan virus (or Wuhan penumonitis)


These are all diseases, illnesses, named after the geography of where they were believed to originate. Spanish Flu probably started inChina and not Spain, but they thought it started in Spain at the time.


But Who says… Who was in charge of WHO when they said we should stop calling diseases names most ofus can grasp and start using weird Star Wars designations?  Just guess.
Also, WHO?  “at the end of December the WHO was warned by Taiwan officials that the Wuhan coronavirus was spreading through human-to-human contact. The WHO, an ally first to China — whose communist party is hostile toward Taiwan — said two weeks later there was “no evidence” this was the case. They did this by citing unreliable, dishonest, official Chinese government sources. Nearly two weeks after that, the WHO argued against restrictions on international air travel. This of course ultimately led to the devastating pandemic we are in now.

In the time in-between the warning from Taiwan and the statement from WHO everything was fine, China destroyed samples of the virus, shut down labs, arrested doctors and welded shut buildings where victims of the disease lived. ”

I wonder how many Italians would be alive today if their government had ignored WHO?

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  1. Julia
    Posted March 23, 2020 at 1:21 am | Permalink


    U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before virus outbreak
    Marisa Taylor

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned.

    The American disease expert, a medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency, left her post in July, according to four sources with knowledge of the issue. The first cases of the new coronavirus may have emerged as early as November, and as cases exploded, the Trump administration in February chastised China for censoring information about the outbreak and keeping U.S. experts from entering the country to help.

    “It was heartbreaking to watch,” said Bao-Ping Zhu, a Chinese American who served in that role, which was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2007 and 2011. “If someone had been there, public health officials and governments across the world could have moved much faster.”

    Zhu and the other sources said the American expert, Dr. Linda Quick, was a trainer of Chinese field epidemiologists who were deployed to the epicenter of outbreaks to help track, investigate and contain diseases.

    • Headmistress
      Posted March 23, 2020 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      One disease expert told Reuters he was skeptical that the U.S. resident adviser would have been able to get earlier or better information to the Trump administration, given the Chinese government’s suppression of information.

      “In the end, based on circumstances in China, it probably wouldn’t have made a big difference,” Scott McNabb, who was a CDC epidemiologist for 20 years and is now a research professor at Emory University. “The problem was how the Chinese handled it. What should have changed was the Chinese should have acknowledged it earlier and didn’t.”

  2. Shruti
    Posted March 24, 2020 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    “Spanish Flu probably started inChina and not Spain, but they thought it started in Spain at the time.”

    That’s not accurate. The Spanish flu was so named because King Alfonso XII of Spain contracted the virus and suffered from a particularly bad case of the disease.

    “But Who says… Who was in charge of WHO when they said we should stop calling diseases names most ofus can grasp and start using weird Star Wars designations?”

    The term “coronavirus” is not a new name; it has been around for a while. It is not a “weird Star Wars designation”; it is a scientific term that relates to the shape of the virus. The root “corona” in Latin, also used in Spanish and Italian, means “crown”. The use of Latin names has a long history in scientific taxonomy.

    Geographic place names are unhelpful. They give the misleading impression that the place of origin is the focal point for the virus, when in fact–as is the case for the current pandemic–the virus may well have spread more broadly, and the epicenter of its outbreak may be found elsewhere in the world. That is why scientists have moved away from using them, and have shifted instead to providing descriptive names that are more useful.

    The term “coronavirus” is not a difficult one to grasp.

    • Headmistress
      Posted March 27, 2020 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      You’re starting out from a false assumption. The weird star wars name I joked about was covid-19, not corona virus. Geographic place names are not unhelpful. They are still commonly used for a number of other diseases as mentioned in the post, and we know where the epicenter of the Wuhan flu is. China virus and wuhan flu are also not difficult, and convey something accurate about this outbreak. More importantly to my point, they are not racist. The term corona virus is not at all difficult, and I never implied that it was. It’s also too generic. You might as well just call this the flu, and it’s about as accurate, since there are many corona viruses and this one from China is different to the others.

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