From The Ethics Alarms Mailbag: “Why Do You Insist On Calling Covid “The Wuhan Virus”?

Because that’s what it is?

I’m actually grateful for the question, because I have become more adamant about resisting the deliberately deceptive misnomer for the virus as time goes on and more information becomes available. In 2020, when the pandemic was just starting to wreck the United States’ on many levels, it was pretty obvious that the virus had its start in the Wuhan province of China. Whether it was from a lab or the (disgusting, third-world level wet markets) was and still is uncertain, but Wuhan is where the first recorded case emerged, and where the pathogen took first hold in December of 2019.

Early on in 2020, then-President Trump and some media sources referred to the virus as the “Wuhan virus” or the “China virus,” and these useful and descriptive terms were quickly declared unfair, inaccurate, and “racist.” by the Left. Part of the motivation was, I believe, to suck up to China, a corrupt and dangerous nation that too many businesses and industries (like Hollywood and the NBA) view as a profitable target for unprincipled pandering, Another aspect of the linguistic cover-up was to, as usual in the age of The Great Stupid, choose censorship and public confusion in the quixotic and bizarre effort to make certain groups feel “safe” (as in “safe from reality”). Because there are morons who will bully and mistreat Chinese-Americans as “punishment” for a disaster they could not be rationally blamed for, the widiculous woke decreed that the origins and true responsibility for the pandemic must be obscured by technical jargon.Declaring the use of “Wuhan” another telling sign of Trump’s “racism,” a key campaign fantasy in the upcoming November elections, also radiated a cynical political motive. Trump, foolishly, capitulated, perhaps being cautious as his reelection campaign loomed. He should not have done so. I decided at the same time that Trump was bowing to political correctness (and to his medical “experts,” who we now know were incompetent and politically compromised) that this blog would continue to use “Wuhan virus.” I knew then, and really know now, that it is important that China’s accountability for all the deaths as well as the domestic and international chaos it triggered never be forgotten or minimized, and that the reasons for China’s disastrous conduct be clear.

This is a country with an evil, totalitarian, ruthless and dangerous government. The pandemic was a vivid example of how dangerous such nations are. Every mention of the virus should remind Americans of that fact. “Covid” conveys nothing to the average American; neither does “novel coronavirus.”

“Wuhan virus,” in contrast, points a metaphorical finger right where it should be pointed, forever.

Coincidentally, I was reminded of this myself and infuriated all over again after watching the recent PBS “Frontline” documentary on China’s handling of the virus outbreak. (NOW they tell us: PBS has been as complicit as the rest of the mainstream media in its efforts to manipulate public opinion regarding the pandemic.)  Documents, emails and interviews now uncovered make it undeniable that China was, as usual, duplicitous and dishonest as well as incompetent, and that with adequate transparency and less emphasis on deceiving its own public the spread of the virus could have been and should have been “nipped in the bud” (a phrase that pops up repeatedly in the program). Instead, the Orwellian Chinese government was far more intent upon punishing citizens and health officials who leaked information about the mounting health disaster.

China, like the old Soviet Union, is in some ways a Potemkin nation, pretending to be a prosperous, civilized, responsible member of the world community when it is in many respects backwards and culturally rotten. “Frontline” showed footage of the Wuhan wet markets where the virus probably first started jumping from animals to humans. “Disgusting” is an understatement; Americans wouldn’t tolerate such filth in any community. China had supposedly put in place strict public health measures after the 2001 SARS epidemic (that China also inflicted on the world), but as usual with bureaucratic central governments, enforcement was lax and ineffective. (Ironically the 2011 medical thriller “Contagion” showed a deadly pandemic ravaging the U.S. after an American traveling in China was infected by food purchased at a wet market.) China is also a society that still reveres Chairman Mao, by most counts the worst mass murderer in world history.

And yet when the Trump Administration, too late, began banning air travel from China, Joe Biden called the action “xenophobic.” Mustn’t insult this great nation and business partner, you know.

The Wuhan virus is just a small (literally) bit of evidence that shows just how unethical and untrustworthy this totalitarian nation is, but every reminder helps. The better question is why we so eagerly embraced the deceptive name “Covid” so China could continue its cover-up and hide the blood on its hands. There isn’t a good answer to that one.

18 thoughts on “From The Ethics Alarms Mailbag: “Why Do You Insist On Calling Covid “The Wuhan Virus”?

  1. Jack wrote, “Early on in 2020, then-President Trump and some media sources referred to the virus as the “Wuhan virus” or the “China virus,” and these useful and descriptive terms were quickly declared unfair, inaccurate, and “racist.” by the Left. Part of the motivation was, I believe, to suck up to China…”

    I disagree on this particular point. I think the opposition to using the terms “Wuhan virus” or the “China virus” was pure anti-Trump’isms because he dared to use the terms, or something like them, and everything that comes out of Trump’s mouth was, and is, considered evil. From that point on the claims that the names were racist spiraled out of control and that’s exactly what the cult of anti-Trumpers wanted.

    Personally I don’t care one bit what people call it, they’re all describing the exact same thing, I know what they’re talking about and the nomenclature is irrelevant to me. I choose to call it COVID.

    • That’s a reasonable choice at this point since that’s what everyone calls it, and introducing the better term just causes confusion or triggers some deranged conversant into an argument. It still is crucial that China is held accountable, and letting the description of origin go is an incremental assurance that it will not be.

      • Jack Marshall wrote, “That’s a reasonable choice at this point…”

        I’m pretty sure I’ve been calling it COVID since day one.

        Jack Marshall wrote, “It still is crucial that China is held accountable…”

        I completely agree!

      • Jack,

        I agree that the language used is to kow-tow to China just as everyone else does on practically everything.

        However, it also occurred to me that the US might be covering its own ass about it’s involvement in the creation of the virus. That is another reason to decry the use of the location of the virus. So, they cried racism and all of the woke-zombies followed along (okay, it might not just be woke people, but, given the zombie reference, I wanted to throw in “woke” for sake of juxtaposition).

        -Jut

  2. It’s my understanding anyone flying in from China to the U.S. has to have produced a negative Wuhan Virus test before entering. Why, oh why isn’t this policy xenophobic and being condemned non-stop? (Rhetorical Question Alert.)

  3. Jack wrote, “And yet when the Trump Administration, too late, began banning air travel from China, Joe Biden called the action “xenophobic.” Mustn’t insult this great nation and business partner, you know.”

    Didn’t the Biden administration just recently put some restrictions on people traveling from China to the USA? I didn’t hear any public smears of Biden being xenophobic.

  4. For a long time, I’ve been of the opinion the virus escaped from the lab in Wuhan that was using funds authorized by St. Anthony of Fauci to conduct gain of function research even though St. Anthony knew his funding of such research had been banned because it was deemed by the unbeatified to be too dangerous. But he knew better. After all, he IS science.

      • I’m pretty sure that if it came from the lab any conclusive evidence of that is long, long gone. Scientists can sometimes be surprisingly dumb about science, but they all seem to be chasing a Nobel Prize in ass-covering.

        • Their problem is that all the Nobel Prize winning in ass-covering is what they do when they’ve been exposed prior to that they save everything. There’s likely paperwork somewhere that hasn’t been destroyed that will tell the story if the story actually exists. Time will tell, someone will tell, these things cannot remain secret forever because there’s too many people involved.

          • That’s how cover-ups work, though. Yes, we’ll get some people talking. Other people will say those people are crazy, or mad they didn’t get promoted. We’ll find documents that seem damning, and other scientists will explain that they don’t mean what they say. People will claim politicians knew something, those politicians will release statements that they knew nothing.

            If there’s some email somewhere that says “Hey Lee, I think I took the coronavirus bottle home yesterday. Fingers crossed nothing bad happens!” that was deleted before or after everyone involved was disappeared by the Chinese government.

            If it did come from the lab there’s plenty of evidence that points to it, it might be more than enough to convince you, but there’s plenty of counter-evidence for people to prove you’re a crazy conspiracy theorist.

            • I suspect there’s documentary proof Fauci was continuing to fund gain of function research well past the time doing so was deemed unacceptable and banned because of the inherent risk. Fauci strikes me as an arrogant, shameless, over-promoted asshole. And of course, he’s idolized by anyone and everyone on the left.

        • I mean, you’re obviously right in that we don’t know… But I don’t understand what the adherence is to the wild emergence theory at this point.

          If there was a lab leak, we’d be looking at a coverup. That’s possible, despite everyone saying that the strains of viruses that the lab reported on were genetically different to Covid, the teams we’re talking about are relatively small, I don’t trust Chinese record keeping, and if there was a particularly virulent strain of Covid cooked up in the Wuhan virology lab, on realizing how bad that was, I think it’s at least possible that either the researchers, the Chinese government or both burned every record they had on the topic.

          Put that against the assertion that the other likely option of wild emergence: Earlier this year, there were studies done that found something like 40% of deer in the Northwest United States had Covid Antibodies. Meanwhile, despite almost three years of searching, and they were actively searching for this, there has never been a single documented case of wild type or precursor Covid or antibodies found in a bat, rat, pangolin or other small woodland creature in Wuhan Province, China. So either the Chinese authorities are incredibly inept at finding specimens, or that virus never existed in the wild.

          I’ll be out shopping for aluminum.

  5. … the widiculous woke …

    Do I have the honour of addressing Elmer Fudd?

    “Wuhan virus,” in contrast, points a metaphorical finger right where it should be pointed, forever.

    How many would connect it up? What do they know about Wuhan, anyway? These are the sort of people who think smallpox and the pox are the same thing.

    China, like the old Soviet Union, is in some ways a Potemkin nation, pretending to be a prosperous, civilized, responsible member of the world community when it is in many respects backwards and culturally rotten…

    You are projecting your own values onto others. In Chinese terms, they are not pretending anything of the sort, any more than the U.S.S.R. usually did (it sometimes did – but only as regards things it treated as kulturny, not as regards criminalisation of psychiatry etc.). In their own terms, they aren’t and haven’t for a long time been “backwards and culturally rotten”. In their own terms, as much as anything they are applying the test of “it worked, didn’t it?”, as they did with the Tian-an-men Square protesters (you might want to read up about the typical Chinese attitude to that repression).

    That’s not extenuation, it’s target recognition by way of taxonomy. Whether you approve of what you are looking at or not, it helps to see it for what it is. And China simply isn’t aiming at those things there, that you might take as so self-evident that they remain unexamined.

    • 1. They call me MISTER FUDD!
      2. It’s a fair question, but a chicken-egg problem, no? It it were called the Wuhan virus, the name would be explained, and being mentioned frequently, the province would inevitable be better known. But I’m willing to compromise with “The China Virus.”

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