Coronavirus is officially feminine

"French dictionary page1" by lizzie_anne is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
"French dictionary page1" by lizzie_anne is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

It is officially “la” Covid-19

Confusion reigned on the internet but the Académie Française has spoken: the virus is feminine.

Gender assumptions

A French Google search for le Covid or la Covid results in more hits for the former, with most top results for the latter referring to the gender controversy. Even the government offends, with the health ministry’s official coronavirus information site ...

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