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What’s Wrong With ‘The Chinese Virus’?

An anthropologist explores the controversial labels for COVID-19, especially ‘the Chinese Virus’ and other problematic coronavirus names

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Mar 23 · 7 min read
In Trump’s notes for a COVID-19 briefing on March 19, the word ‘corona’ was crossed out and replaced with ‘Chinese’ virus. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

By Hugh Gusterson

Most Americans take it for granted that in the 1960s, more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers died in something called the Vietnam War…

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