i mean how do you explain the reality that 17 or 18 years ago
( depending on which article brought up by google search that you read )

that is in either

2002 i.e 2020 – 2002 = 18 years ago
or
2003 i.e 2020 – 2003 = 17 years ago

when the
RESPIRATORY ILLNESS / DISEASE caused by the CORONA VIRUS
was discovered for
THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE WHOLE WORLD

in CHINA ( GUADONG PROVINCE, CHINA )

the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION ( W.H.O )
didn’t name it GUADONG FEVER after the name of the place where it was first discovered
like it had named EBOLA FEVER after the EBOLA RIVER (AREA) in AFRICA where it was first discovered
and
like it had called LASSA FEVER which was named after LASSA AREA in AFRICA where it was first discovered.

and yet
9 or 10 YEARS AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF THAT THEN BRAND NEW RESPIRATORY ILLNESS IN CHINA in 2002/2003
when
ANOTHER NEW RESPIRATORY ILLNESS WAS DISCOVERED IN 2012 IN THE SAUDI ARABIA AREA ( 2012 – 2002 = 10 YEARS ), ( 2012 – 2003 = 9 YEARS ),

the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION ( W.H.O)
WASTED NO TIME AT ALL
in naming / calling / identifying
that NEW RESPIRATORY ILLNESS

as

MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME ( MERS )
after the MIDDLE EAST AREA OF THE WORLD
where it was first discovered.

it’s really not fair in anyway at all.

if some consideration had been given by the W.H.O to CHINA
and by extension to ASIA
in 2002 / 2003
NOT TO USE A PLACE / AREA NAME in China / Asia WHEN NAMING THE NEW DISEASE
SO AS NOT TO CREATE A BAD IMAGE AROUND THE WORLD FOR THAT PLACE / AREA ( i.e China / Asia )
as might inadvertently? been done by for example
calling/naming it either

► GUADONG RESPIRATORY SYNDROME ( GRS )
[ remember ● EBOLA FEVER and the EBOLA RIVER in AFRICA ? ]

or

► CHINA RESPIRATORY SYNDROME ( CRS )
[ remember ● LASSA FEVER and the LASSA AREA in AFRICA ? ]

or

► EAST ASIA RESPIRATORY SYNDROME ( EARS ) since CHINA is in EAST ASIA
[ remember ● MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME ( MERS ) in the MIDDLE EAST ? ]

then in all fairness and integrity of purpose / intent

the RESPIRATORY ILLNESS seen in JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA, MIDDLE EAST
9 / 10 years AFTER
the RESPIRATORY ILLNESS seen in 2002/2003 in GUADONG, CHINA, EAST ASIA

should NOT have been named MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME

and should have been given another name THAT DOES NOT LINK
THE DISEASE / AILMENT /ILLNESS TO ANY PARTICULAR SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHICAL AREA OF THE WORLD ,
just as had been done for CHINA / ASIA 9-10 years
by for example,
naming it something like
SARS TYPE 2 i.e SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME TYPE 2.

and by way of further illustration, since
the (2012) MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME is/was caused by a CORONA VIRUS
just like
the (2002/2003 ) CHINA RESPIRATORY SYNDROME was/is also caused by a CORONA VIRUS

then maybe for reasons of being EQUALLY FAIR to

█ CHINA / EAST ASIA
and
█ SAUDI ARABIA / MIDDLE EAST

the W.H.O should have given the
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA seen RESPIRATORY ILLNESS
a name like, for example, SARS TYPE 2 ( COV )
SO AS NOT TO CREATE A BAD IMAGE AROUND THE WORLD FOR THAT PLACE / AREA where it was first discovered / seen / identified

just as it had done for GUADONG, CHINA in 2002 / 2003
when it named a RESPIRATORY ILLNESS first seen there in GUADONG in CHINA the NON-GEOGRAPHICALLY LINKABLE NAME
SARS ( COV )
so as not to create a bad image around the world for either

● GUADONG or
● CHINA or
● EAST ASIA or
● ASIA.

perhaps the W.H.O and it’s operatives have either forgotten or never heard of that old-time advisory idiomatic expression :

WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS ALSO EQUALLY GOOD FOR THE GANDER .

and by the way,
wasn’t there an outbreak of a virus? disease in BIRDS IN CHINA in 1996 ?
WHICH FROM CHINA SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD ?
JUST LIKE THE LATER 2019 CHINA CORONA VIRUS COV-2  ?
and which at that thus sad period of global i.e world-wide human history
KILLED THOUSANDS OF BIRDS AROUND THE WORLD
JUST LIKE
THE 2019 CHINA CORONA VIRUS COV-2 / COVID-19
HAS KILLED AND HAS BEEN KILLING HUMAN BEINGS AROUND THE WORLD THUS FAR SEPTEMBER 2020.

and which
the ► WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION ( W.H.O )
and
the ► WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH ( O.I.E ? )
and
the ► FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION ( F.A.O ) of the ● UNITED NATIONS ( U.N )
and
the ► INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES ( I.C.D ) managed by the ● W.H.O

all individually? and collectively?
in their wisdom or favouritism for CHINA if you will
THAT FAR BACK IN THE DAY
declined to include the PLACE NAMES CHINA and GUADONG
WHERE THE DISEASE WAS FIRST SEEN IN
when naming the disease i.e when giving a name to the disease which they called / name

HPAI ( Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza ) or HPA1 H5N1

thus not linking that avian/bird influenza by name to either
● ASIA or ● EAST ASIA or ● CHINA or ● GUADONG.

and also by the way,
WHY ALL THIS SPECIAL? TREATMENT? OF CHINA and EAST ASIA
IN GIVING NAMES TO DISEASES ?
and
WHY HASN’T THIS SAME SORT OF SPECIAL? TREATMENT? BEEN GIVEN
SINCE THEN TO OTHER PLACES e.g SAUDI ARABIA and the MIDDLE EAST
WHEN GIVING NAMES TO DISEASES ?

By sam

Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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