According to Hooker, studies in Toronto on the impact of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS -- another global coronavirus outbreak in -- showed the impact of xenophobic sentiment often lasted much longer than the public health scare. In Canada, a white man was filmed telling a Chinese-Canadian woman "you dropped your coronavirus" in the parking lot of a local mall. Claire Hooker, a health lecturer at the University of Sydney, said the responses from governments may have compounded prejudice. While Australia's conservative government has banished its citizens returning from Wuhan -- the central Chinese city at the epicentre of the virus -- to a remote island for quarantine, thousands of students still stuck in China risk their studies being torpedoed. Abbey Shi, a Shanghai-born student in Sydney, said the attitude shown by some of her peers has "become almost an attack on students who are Chinese". SYDNEY - As the deadly coronavirus has spread worldwide, it has carried with it xenophobia -- and Asian communities around the world are finding themselves subject to suspicion and fear. But after tweeting about the incident and receiving a flood of responses, the respected doctor learned her experience was all too common.
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In Canada, a white man was filmed telling a Chinese-Canadian woman "you dropped your coronavirus" in the parking lot of a local mall.
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People may not rush back to Chinese businesses or restaurants, and may even heed some of the more outlandish viral social media disinformation -- such as one popular post imploring people to avoid eating noodles for their own safety. There has been a spike in reports of anti-Chinese rhetoric directed at people of Asian origin, regardless of whether they have ever visited the centre of the epidemic or been in contact with the virus. In Malaysia, a petition to "bar Chinese people from entering our beloved country" received almost , signatures in one week. Do you like the content of this article? The tiny Pacific nation of Micronesia has banned its citizens from visiting mainland China altogether.