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Chan felt like he had to cough — he suffers from serious allergies — and raised his arm to cover his mouth.

But any time you see myself or another Asian coughing, there’s a strong reaction.”As coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, acts of racism and xenophobia toward Asian Americans—including micro-aggressions, workplace discrimination, business avoidance, harassment, threats and physical assault—have also increased.

And as these hate incidents continue, experts and community leaders fear that the physical and mental health outcomes of Asian Americans will be adversely affected.

Even if the threat of coronavirus recedes, Chan said it could take businesses years to recover.

Chan said that racism and xenophobia have occurred in more direct ways as well.

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