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  Scottsdale councilman shares false info claiming COVID-19 means 'Chinese Originating' virus
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AuthorLorraine Longhi
News DateSunday, March 22, 2020 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionScottsdale City Councilmember Guy Phillips shared a private post on Facebook on Sunday claiming that COVID-19, the official name for the disease caused by thenew coronavirus, stands for "Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease."

The post reads: "Hate to break this to all of the morons who call themselves Journalists. COVID literally stands for 'Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease' and the number 19 is due to this being the 19th virus to come out of China."

The name for the disease actually is an abbreviation, with 'CO' for 'corona,' 'VI' for virus,' and 'D' for disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 19 stands for the year 2019, when the virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China.
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