On March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
While this declaration is a grim confirmation of the widespread and deathly impact of the virus, we must also consider the social and racial effects of what seems to largely be a medical problem to most.
The coronavirus has revived dangerous myths about race as well as animosity against minority cultures, like Asian Americans.
These attempts to rebrand the virus as the “fault of the Chinese”—or even as a “Chinese virus”—are merely attempts to shift attention away from the lack of an official response.
Furthermore, we must consider how this virus disproportionately affects minority groups medically and socially.