wrote to the World Health Organization to say that “Monkeypox” was stigmatizing.Health commissioner Ashwin Vasan wrote of the “painful and racist history within which terminology like (monkeypox) is rooted for communities of color.“Continuing to use the term ‘monkeypox’ to describe the current outbreak may reignite these traumatic feelings of racism and stigma — particularly for Black people and other people of color, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, and it is possible that they may avoid engaging in vital health care services because of it.”Carlson was dismissive of the idea, saying, “So, monkeypox is about the coolest name ever for a disease.“But they are changing the name because racism or something.”Carlson said he’d run a Twitter poll offering alternative suggestions.

The winning entry?Schlong Covid.The results are in. Monkeypox will now officially be called “Schlong Covid.” pic.twitter.com/nEFZjvWAnV— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) July 29, 2022Related: Tucker Carlson is a little too into this leftist hunk’s thirst traps in hilarious video editAlthough this is a pun on ‘Long Covid’, it’s likely also a reference to the fact the majority of monkeypox cases so far have been amongst men who have sex with men.“That won our audience election result with about 40% of the vote,” said Carlson. “So, let Rochelle Walensky at the CDC know.”Carlson’s poll had around 26,000 votes. ‘Midterm Variant’ came second, followed by ‘Adam Schiffilis’.WHO has previously talked about renaming monkeypox but has not as yet done so.In the UK, health officials say that around 95% of monkeypox cases (as of mid-July) had been in gay and bisexual men.