Commonwealth Policy Center

It’s common for a virus to be named after its place of origin. The flu outbreak of 1919 was dubbed the Spanish flu because it started in Spain. The West Nile Virus, MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, were also named after their places of origin. But now, it’s no longer politically correct to link a virus to where it originates. That’s why President Biden has banned the use of the term China Virus or Wuhan Virus by government and administration officials. He believes calling the virus by its geographic origin is “racist, xenophobic, and intolerant.” But at a time when most Americans are wondering if they will be able to pay their bills being politically correct is the least of their worries.