Kindly Share This Story:By Tunde Oyediran In the build-up to the UFC Strawweight Women’s Championship fight of March 7th, 2020, the Polish contender, Joanne Jedrzejczyk attracted stern criticisms after she posted, to her Instagram story, a photoshopped picture of her wearing a gas mask with series of laughing emojis while standing behind her Chinese opponent; the reigning Strawweight Women Champion, Zhang Weili. The now-deleted provocative post was believed to have been about the Coronavirus outbreak that was ravaging the champion’s home country at the time. Weili’s response echoed the thoughts and disappointment of people around the world as she insisted that an ailment, which has ended thousands of Chinese lives, should never be trivialized. Like Joanne, most people had a false sense of reality concerning the virus as it was dubbed the ‘Chinese virus’. Save for ‘Patient 31’, who infected over 1000 people in less than 10 days, South Korea would similarly have downplayed the potency of the virus. Coronavirus (Covid-19) is an infectious respiratory disease that was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Like the Spanish Flu of 1918, it spreads primarily through droplets of saliva, sneezing and discharge from an infected person. Research has also shown… Read full this story
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