The Stigma Around The Coronavirus


Tomohiro Ohsumi

TOKYO, JAPAN – JANUARY 24: People wearing masks walk through the Ginza shopping district on January 24, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. While Japan is one of the most popular foreign travel destinations for Chinese tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday this year, Japan reported two cases of Wuhan coronavirus infections as the number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to 25 on Friday and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

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Racism has always been a big part of humanity. Now, with the coronavirus coming from China, many people have been scared or careful near any and every Asian they see. Sometimes, they’ve even gone to extreme measures to ensure they do not catch the coronavirus.

People seem to have less empathy when there is a possibility that they can catch a virus. One instance was when a Chinese man suffered from a heart attack and no one helped him because they were afraid that he might have the coronavirus. People are also wearing face masks in public areas ONLY while near Asians. There were many other instances where people have been xenophobic. However, because of the coronavirus outbreak, many people have been more xenophobic towards people of Asian ethnicity because they have prejudice beliefs, believing that every Asian that they see has been to China and brought the coronavirus with them.

Honestly though, the coronavirus does not kill healthy people, only people with weak immune systems. So, we shouldn’t let the fear of a virus disable us from helping other people in need. We shouldn’t discriminate because of fear and assumptions of something other people can’t control.