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  • WHO renames COVID-19 variants to combat stigma
  • WHO renames COVID-19 variants to combat stigma
    World Health Organisation (2021) ©

WHO renames COVID-19 variants to combat stigma

The WHO has updated naming conventions for COVID-19 variants, using the Greek alphabet instead of stigmatising locations. With the pandemic adding fuel to dangerous racist and nationalist ideas, this move aims to depoliticise the fight against the virus.



  • Asian-American fashionistas draw attention to racism Asian-American fashionistas draw attention to racism

    In NYC alone, hate crimes against people of Asian descent have risen 1,900%, but media coverage and public solidarity remain low. Asian-American influencers have taken to social media under the hashtag #stopasianhate to raise awareness about a less-represented dimension of American race politics. 

  • Article image Why anti-racism is the next standard for brand activism

    The death of George Floyd and ensuing protests saw companies worldwide attempt to address systemic racism in their messaging – though many faced a tide of consumer cynicism. Semiotics expert Chris Arning explains how brands can meaningfully show their commitment to anti-racist action.

  • Article image Dr. Fauci: an influencer for the COVID-19 age

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top immunologist, has attracted a dedicated stanbase due to leading the US in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. His popularity sheds some light on how people’s attitudes to experts, and leaders, may change in a post-pandemic world.

  • Article image How will COVID-19 impact long-term behaviours?

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused people around the world to suddenly and drastically alter their everyday habits, but what will the lasting impact be? Canvas8 spoke to three experts to explore the long-term implications of the crisis on how we spend, socialise, and stay healthy.