While COVID-19 spreads in our community so too does xenophobia and racism. Recognize the difference between legitimate health and safety concerns from discrimination.

What COVID-19 is:

  • The legitimate names for the virus are coronavirus and COVID-19.
  • The virus is highly transmissible among people.
  • You may have a higher risk of being exposed to it if you interact with someone that was traveling abroad especially in high-risk countries such as: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

What COVID-19 is not:

  • The virus is not the Wuhan virus, a foreign virus, or the China flu/virus. This is discriminatory and can spread more fear towards Asians.
  • You will not catch the virus from people perceived to be Chinese people or from any people of Asian descent that have not traveled to China or other affected areas.
  • Chinese and Asian-American businesses in the United States are not high-risk areas.

Combat COVID-19 along with xenophobia and racism by following these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands
  • Be kind to each other
  • Support your local small businesses, especially Asian-Americans businesses.
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if possible
  • Speak up when you see xenophobia and/or racism
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