‘Chinese virus’ sign at New Jersey doctor’s office prompts outrage on social media

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News
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A New Jersey chiropractor who posted a sign referring to COVID-19 as the “China Virus” has prompted outrage on social media.

The notice posted outside Kevin Julian’s practice in Jersey City was published on Facebook Tuesday by Annesia Paraison, whose daughter spotted it after the pair walked into the office for an appointment.

“Dear Patients: During this time period of the Chinese Virus,” the letter begins, before warning clients to social distance in the reception room.

“This afternoon I took my daughter for an initial visit at a local chiropractor here in Jersey City. We were a bit skeptical when we approached as the building looked run down and there wasn’t any identifying information besides the building number. Anyway, we walk inside and as I’m signing my daughter in, she points to the sign on the front desk window,” Paraison wrote in her social media post, along with a picture of the sign.

“This sign does not mention Coronavirus or Covid 19, but instead calls it the Chinese Virus. THIS IS BLATANT RACISM," she added.

When reached by the Daily News Thursday, Julian sighed and said he had no comment.

Per the World Health Organization, geographic terms should not be used to describe the oft-deadly COVID-19 — nor should any novel human infectious disease.

In 2015, WHO’s then-Assistant Director-General for Health Security Dr. Keiji Fukuda said doing so could have devastating ramifications for certain communities and economic sectors.

“This may seem like a trivial issue to some, but disease names really do matter to the people who are directly affected,” Fukuda said.

“We’ve seen certain disease names provoke a backlash against members of particular religious or ethnic communities, create unjustified barriers to travel, commerce and trade, and trigger needless slaughtering of food animals. This can have serious consequences for peoples' lives and livelihoods.”

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