By Holly Yan, Natasha Chen and Dushyant Naresh, CNN
Updated 6:02 PM ET, Fri February 21, 2020
(CNN)In New York City, a man assaults a woman wearing a face mask, calling her a “diseased b****.”
On a Los Angeles subway, a man proclaims Chinese people are filthy and says “every disease has ever came from China.”
Rampant ignorance and misinformation about the novel coronavirus, experts say, has led to racist and xenophobic attacks against fellow Americans or anyone in the US who looks East Asian.
“With news of the coronavirus, we’ve seen an uptick in fear of people who look like this,” said Rosalind Chou, a sociology professor at Georgia State University. “Real people are affected.”
And the pain ranges from physical to verbal to financial.
“We, the Asian community, are under attack,” said Tanny Jiraprapasuke, who was born and raised in Los Angeles.
Here’s what’s happening across the country, the facts about coronavirus, and what people can do if they witness attacks.