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I think it is very interesting that there is an almost automatic and immediate response of blame and a simplification of disease in times of crisis.
As Prof. Rivkin-Fish spoke about today in class, AIDS was reduced to a disease almost synonymously related to gay men and their behavior. There were stories of how to further stigmatize and relate people with certain intentions that are dangerous to the rest of the community.
And today with COVID-19, I find that many people just refer to it as corona virus, but corona viruses are a type of virus among many others. It is also playing a part in racism against Chinese, Chinese-Americans, and other Asian identities. My mom told me a conspiracy theory that someone else told her : corona virus was manufactured as a bioweapon against the US.