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COVID-19 and Stigma

People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American.

Stopping stigma can help communities withstand or recover quickly from difficult situations, such as disease outbreaks.

Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups, and how COVID-19 spreads can help stop stigma.

Diseases can make anyone sick regardless

of their race or ethnicity or where they live!


People in the U.S. may be worried or anxious about friends and relatives who are living in or visiting areas where COVID-19 is spreading. Some people are worried about the disease. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma, for example, towards Chinese or other Asian Americans or people who were in quarantine.