Leaders at the World Health Organization unveiled a new “virus naming system” over the weekend to avoid “stigmatizing nations” where disease originate.
“What’s in a name? WHO revising naming system for COVID variants to avoid stigmatizing nations where they were first spotted,” reports CBS News.
“They will not replace existing scientific names, but are aimed to help in public discussion,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s COVID-19technical lead.
“While they have their advantages, these scientific names can be difficult to say and recall, and are prone to misreporting,” the WHO said in a statement.