Donald Trump has taken to calling COVID-19 the “Chinese Virus” this week, which has outraged many people who view it as a way blaming a race of people, potentially putting Asian-Americans in harm’s way.
On Wednesday’s episode “The View,” conservative co-host Meghan McCain defending Trump’s use of the controversial term.
“I agree with you that I think if the left wants to focus on P.C. labeling this virus, it is a great way to get Trump re-elected,” she said. “I don’t have a problem with people calling it whatever they want. It’s a deadly virus that did originate in Wuhan.”
“I don’t have a problem with it, and I think China, had they acted right away, and we had more access to information, maybe it wouldn’t have gotten to the place that it is,” McCain continued. “That doesn’t mean that we should be, in any way, stereotyping.
“There’s a lot of anger about our reliance on the Chinese government right now, and our reliance on China in so many ways,” she added. “And that messaging from President Trump and his messaging from the very beginning that we need to remove our trade from China is going to be very effective going into 2020.”
Trump was asked by a reported on Wednesday about his use of the term “Chinese Virus.”
“It comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate.
“I have great love for all of the people from our country, but as you know China tried to say at one point…that it was caused by American soldiers,” he continued. “That can’t happen. It’s not gonna happen, not as long as I’m President. It comes from China.”
Regardless of what it’s called, the CDC has some important tips for avoiding contracting or spreading the coronavirus.
In addition to avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and social distancing, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.