politics
President Trump's "Chinese Virus" Comments
Mar 20, 2020 at 01:45 AM

The Quick Facts

  • President Trump has faced backlash against his use of the phrase "Chinese virus" to describe the coronavirus. Various Republican politicians publicly agreed with and defended the President, including Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.
  • The director of the CDC has publicly discouraged referring to the coronavirus as "Chinese." The coronavirus is officially called SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes is officially called COVID-19 (Source: CDC).
  • The coronavirus is suspected to have originally jumped from animal to human in a large seafood and live animal market near the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China (Source: CDC).

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