Nationwide, the virus has sickened around 85,000 people and killed at least 1,300. There have been 530,000 cases and 24,000 deaths worldwide.
The term “kung flu” gained traction last week after CBS reporter Weijia Jiang alleged that a White House staffer had used it to describe the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the president himself has garnered widespread criticism for repeatedly calling it the “Chinese virus,” against the World Health Organization’s advice to avoid using geographic descriptors to prevent stigmatization.
POTUS has since said he won’t use the term in the future.