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An unusual coincidence. In the comic, "Asterix and the Chariot Race", the name of the Roman Chariot racer was Coronavirus.

Photo taken from a friend's post on Facebook.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix_

@sohkamyung It's not really a coincidence. Coronavirus is a whole family of viruses, and names in Asterix are intentionally picked existing words that sound similar to given culture's common names.

@deshipu I think you may be right.

Coronaviruses were first discovered in the 1960s while that Asterix comic was first published in 2017. So there would have been plenty of time for the writers to pick that name.

And it's appropriate too: "The name "coronavirus" is derived from the Latin corona and the Greek κορώνη (korṓnē, "garland, wreath"), meaning crown or halo." [ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavi ]

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