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‘I am not a virus’: How We Need to Fight Coronavirus Racism and Xenophobia

“I am not a virus.”

This statement was written on a sign by a Chinese-Italian man in Italy as he offered “free hugs” to passersby.

A Thai-American woman on a New York City subway was verbally abused by a man screaming about coronavirus. In a separate incident on the subway, another woman wearing a face mask was punched and kicked by a man who called her “diseased”. Similar incidents have been reported in countries all around the world.