Controversial Congresswoman Ilhan Omar trashed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his “racist” comments after the top Republican posted helpful information about the “Chinese Coronavirus” on social media.
“Everything you need to know about the Chinese coronavirus can be found on one, regularly-updated website: http://coronavirus.gov,” posted McCarthy.
Everything you need to know about the Chinese coronavirus can be found on one, regularly-updated website: https://t.co/nGCCDVqcqe
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 9, 2020
“Viruses don’t have nationalities. This is racist,” fired-back Omar.
Viruses don't have nationalities.
This is racist. https://t.co/edNDoe1LI9
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) March 10, 2020
It’s common for health officials and government workers to include the location of origin or first diagnosis for many diseases to differentiate them from similar strains.
Examples include: Spanish Flu, West Nile Virus, Hong Kong Flu of 1968, German Measles, Asian Flu of 1956, Ebola Fever, Rocky Mountain Fever, and others.