The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) issued a statement denouncing "racist attacks, discrimination, and blatant xenophobia that has occurred in light of COVID-19 CoronaVirus."
NQAPIA said, "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."
The organization also provided links for staying healthy, including CDC.gov .