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  • probably coming soon to a neighborhood near you: a localized corona pissing match

    Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post

    That's not exactly right about how viruses and pandemics are named. The 1918 flu pandemic is always called the Spanish flu, and it did not originate in Spain, nor have anything to really do with Spain. It was called that because Spain was neutral in WW1 and so was about the only country reporting on the flu pandemic, rather than WW1. Is that racist? The 1957-58 flu pandemic was called the Asian flu, the 1968-69 flu pandemic was called the Russian flu. Is that racist?
    Flus are not viruses and I wasn't talking about how diseases are named. This is from a WHO webpage Naming the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the virus that causes it

    https://www.who.int/emergencies/dise...that-causes-it

    "Viruses are named based on their genetic structure..........ICTV announced “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” as the name of the new virus on 11 February 2020. This name was chosen because the virus is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003. While related, the two viruses are different. "

    So calling it the Chinese virus would be useless in 2020. And my bigger concern is that we are living in a time of resurgent "far right" racism. Let's not use a nationality to name something that is causing worldwide panic.

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    Meanwhile...still crazy thinking....33 million visitors?

    The 2020 Olympics are still happening, insists the IOC — but skepticism is starting to creep in

    Cancellation will have a significant impact on economic growth in Japan, former Bank of Japan board member Sayuri Shirai told CNBC Tuesday. Many local businesses have already made investments in restaurants and tourist activities to prepare for large international crowds.

    “A lot of [small business] investment has been counting on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and now it’s not clear if we can hold it or not,” Shirai said. “This is quite a serious issue.”

    Shirai said Japanese officials have maintained optimism because the economic impact to Japan would be devastating and the government “doesn’t want to talk about it.” She said cancellation would be the worst outcome and said “postponement to next year” would be a far better outcome for Japan. The BOJ had estimated 33 million visitors were set to visit Tokyo in 2020 and “aggregate construction investment associated with the Olympic Games will amount to a total of 10 trillion yen ($92 billion).”


    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/ioc-...eeping-in.html

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