Coronavirus Resistant To All Attempts To Change Its Name

Funny story written by Monkey Woods

Saturday, 15 February 2020

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Is it really the end?

The deadly Coronavirus, which was officially named by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Covid-19 earlier this week, is strongly resisting all attempts to rename it, and has been appearing in many places still under its original moniker.

The virus' name is a shortening of its full name - CoronaVirus Disease, 2019, and seems, somehow, not quite as scary as 'Coronavirus'.

WHO officials had wanted to downplay the 'fear factor' for which the virus has been responsible, to avoid a widespread panic amongst the general populace, but Covid-19 has shown it is determined, and has stubbornly refused to accept its new name, appearing in newspapers and all over the internet in the long form, in its own effort to create maximum hysteria.

WHO spokesman, Dr. Indiana Johnson, said:

"This is no ordinary virus. It's as stubborn as a mule. It's really dug its heels in with the name thing."

And Fred Compost, from the Institute of World Taxonomy, said:

"Other viruses would have submitted by now, but Covid-19 is different, more resilient. I reckon we're going to have some trouble with this one."

Covid-19 wasn't available for comment, but a man in the street with a sandwich board, said:

"The end is nigh."

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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