One of the nice things about cities is that you can find people to share your pleasure in pretty much anything. One of the awful things is that you will be sharing a lot of things with the other denizens of the city whether you want to or not.
People of Chinese descent are already getting hate messages and the like. Senseless pre-panic attacks.
The actual danger of coronavirus is that fear may fuel racism and xenophobia that threaten human rights
“While addressing the outbreak will take a global public health effort, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the current risk to the American public is low. If 21st-century outbreaks like SARS, MERS and Ebola virus are any indication, it is likely American fear of contracting coronavirus — and the xenophobic, racist assumptions that drive it — carries a risk far greater to most people in this country than the virus itself. Historically, infectious disease has generated racist discourse that blames victim populations for the perceived threat, justifying political responses that threatened human rights.”
I had an experience not unlike the cartoon yesterday. While waiting in a non-line, I coughed (I have some pneumonia at the moment, but it’s past being contagious) and got very apprehensive looks from the clerk and the man she was waiting on. They were relieved when I smiled and said “no, i have pneumonia, not coronavirus”.