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.