What can we do to help prevent and respond to bullying related to the COVID-19 situation?

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Some people of Chinese and Asian decent are facing stigma in their communities, regardless of whether they been exposed to COVID-19. 

FACT: People—including those of Asian descent—who have not recently traveled to China or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than other Americans. 

Speak out against negative behaviors, including negative statements on social media about groups of people, or exclusion of people, who pose no risk from regular activities.

  • If you see someone being treated unfairly, do not stay silent. 
    • If you feel comfortable, you can firmly but calmly tell the person to stop.
    • If you don’t want to talk to the person who is harassing someone, you can also focus on the individual who is being treated unfairly. Make small talk, ask them how their day is going, and ignore the person harassing them. 
    • Tips for bystanders are simple actions anyone can use.
  • If you have a child, https://stopbullying.gov/ has tools for kids with simple, specific actions kids can take to support others.