NQAPIA denounces the racist attacks, discrimination, and blatant xenophobia that has occurred in light of COVID-19 CoronaVirus. We believe this is a time where we must show our strength as a community by supporting each other, particularly the most vulnerable or immunocompromised.
While the coronavirus poses a very real threat, public reaction has led to subsequent harm. We have seen multiple cases of Asian Americans being attacked, a decline in customers at Asian-owned establishments, and discrimination at work and in public spaces. While the presence of Asians and Asian Americans in public spaces is being increasingly perceived as a threat, we take a moment to recognize and stand with the black, latinx, indigenous, first nations, and Muslim communities for whom this is a daily reality. We urge our community to work with us to combat xenophobia and misinformation.
We recognize that there is intense fear over the threat of COVID-19 and encourage our community to educate themselves, wash their hands, and quell the rising misinformation and widespread fear.
For tips on remaining healthy and staying informed, please visit the following sites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New York City Department of Health
Los Angeles County Public Health Department