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STOPPING COVID-19: Asian-Americans Were Way Ahead of City, State Leaders With memories of SARS still fresh, Asian-Americans responded fast to COVID-19.

Additionally, the ZIP codes of Chinatown in Manhattan, 10009 and 10003, have some of the lowest confirmed COVID-19 cases and death rates in the city.

For many in the Asian community, the experience informed decisions to take this new virus seriously before any official government action.

Poverty in New York City’s Asian community, for example, is growing faster than among other ethnic groups, according to a report by the Asian American Federation.

South Korea and other Asian governments reacted quickly to COVID-19, but Choe says that wasn’t always the case in past epidemics.

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