Public Health Need Not “Bug” Public Relations

 

I’ll be reacting (almost) in Real Time. An NPR report has focused upon the need to determine a much better way to name the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)… as well as any future viruses capable of becoming epidemics… namely… to avoid the vilification of nations of origin, ethnicities, etc.

While the reportage stated that no one has figured out, yet, how to “play” the name game, as I see this, virologists are already on the right track.

Why not simply refer to such “bugs” as Grip Reaper. Naturally, there’d be a need to differentiate, so why not tack on the year of its discovery. It’d be advisable, too, to follow that with yet another number… in the event that more than one bug surfaces per annum.

To e.g. some future “bug”…

GrimReaperVirus 2020-1

In its abridged form that’d be…

GRV2020-1