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WHO names deadly virus from China 'COVID-19'

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Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action," he told reporters later.

Quite so, and does anyone, from OUTSIDE China, have any information or facts to exactly how this virus got started?

Consider that the last 3 major virus outbreaks, of "new" viruses that is, all originated in China.

Is there anyway to know that THIS is NOT a terrorist act by the state?

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COVID19

I expect someone will want that on their vanity licence plate.

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Consider that the last 3 major virus outbreaks, of "new" viruses that is, all originated in China

Which are the 3 ?

H1N1 was not coming from China.

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Let’s make it simpler. Let’s call it Wuhan virus.

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It seems the CCP has weighed in and offered final approval for the name.

I will remember this as;

”the Virus that the hero doctor Li Wenliang tried to warn us about on December 27, 2019 but now the CCP censors are trying to erase him”

virus.

But I guess that would be too long.

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Yubaru...here (Too recently developed to be a "terrorist act by a state")

https://www.statnews.com/2020/01/24/dna-sleuths-read-coronavirus-genome-tracing-origins-and-mutations/

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Is there anyway to know that THIS is NOT a terrorist act by the state?

Wow, I dunno... you mean a terrorist act by the state, using a method that ever since biological warfare was developed has proven impossible to control, as in this case? You mean a terrorist act by a state that has locked down one of its own provinces and about 50 million people, and banned group travel overseas by its own citizens in order to prevent that virus from spreading any further domestically and internationally ? You mean a terrorist act by a state which, although most of us outside its borders don't like its way of governing, hasn't shown any homicidal intentions towards the rest of the world, and would be destroying its own economy if it did? You mean a terrorist act by the state, which judging by the casualties so far is directed mainly against its own citizens? You mean a terrorist act by a state that would have to be one of the most inefficient, unlikely terrorist acts ever?

Stick with the science. Forget the paranoia.

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Now it’s got a name does that mean it can be killed?

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A little late with this one. Everyone I know just calls it "The Wuhan".

Typical WHO, late to the game because of bureaucracy

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I think it's a good idea to identify these epidemic virus' by name related to areas from where they came. Maybe it'll help convince them to clean up their areas so it doesn't keep happening repeatedly. The filthy and cruel animal treatment and consequences should be exposed and named.

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Who cares what they call it?? Spend less time naming it and more time dealing with it! Sheesh!

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Who cares what they call it??

A lot of people. Try calling it Yokohama Virus and see what the reaction is!

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Like the Spanish flu of 1918-1919?

Oops, no, better change that to something more banal.

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Like the Spanish flu of 1918-1919? Oops, no, better change that to something more banal.

Well, since it's highly unlikely that the "Spanish" flu actually originated in Spain, it would seem like the WHO might have the right idea.

Source: Pandemic 1918, by Catharine Arnold.

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I wonder how much pressure or money under the table China shoved towards WHO to ensure it doesn't get named "Wuhan Virus". Which is what the world sees it as anyway this far into the game.

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A lot of people. Try calling it Yokohama Virus and see what the reaction is!

thats an idea!

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Let’s make it simpler. Let’s call it Wuhan virus.

In Taiwan it's called Wuhan virus, so yes, this is OK.

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I wonder how many hours of meetings, tea-breaks, croissants, cakes, coffees and lunch breaks, it took for these people to come up with this name when the world would rather just call it the WUHAN VIRUS? 

Those hours could have been spent on far more important things.

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Yes, naminh the damned thing is vitally important and newsworthy.

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Like the Spanish flu of 1918-1919?

100 years too late.

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

A deadly virus....well, you get the point.

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In my country most of the old people who do not know code names or even where Wuhan is just call it China virus.No pun intended.

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wuhan virus sounds much more normal... and not racist, since its simply the origin.

are they planning to spend budget to re educate people on the new name... maybe a banquet or two are in order.... ?

who the hell is running who.

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are they planning to spend budget to re educate people on the new name... maybe a banquet or two are in order.... ?

You can bet those media outlets who are in the CCP's pocket will propagate the new name through the usual channels. Especially in countries that have taken prc money and are under their control.

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19 is confusing. What if you get two in one year? 20a and 20b?

Since it is the seventh known human coronavirus, why not just CoV7?

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/epidemiology-fact-sheets/coronaviruses/

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Under a set of guidelines issued in 2015

To the people concerned : What is your problem with the fact the virus follow the new guideline ? Do you think the virus will mutate because of it ? Do you think report about it will not state where and when in occurred ?

They clearly explained why the rules were put in order and the name is more informative as it state when : 2019, the type : virus corona, the effect : disease.

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If they found out about the disease on Dec 31, it'd be better to just call it the COVID-20 since 99.9% of the people were infected this year.

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I think its a great name.. Its got a real ring to it. Sophisticated yet with a hint of danger.

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