Why Is It Alright To Say ‘UK Variant’ & ‘South Africa Variant’ But Not ‘Wuhan Virus’ Or ‘China Virus’?
You have probably been seeing a lot of news reports referring to the ‘UK Variant’ and the ‘South Africa Variant’ of COVID-19. It refers to new variants that were first discovered in those countries, and have now spread to many other parts of the world. Yet, many are now asking this question: Why is it alright to say ‘UK variant’ and ‘South Africa variant,’ but not ‘Wuhan virus’ or ‘China virus’? Aren’t all the same fears of ‘stigma’ and ‘racism’ something that would apply to naming the country the virus variants come from? After all, we were repeatedly told how ‘racist’ and ‘discriminatory’ it was to say ‘China virus,’ or ‘Wuhan virus,’ even though it is simply a fact that the virus originated there.