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UK graduate student weighs in on Coronavirus

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:21:50-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Nearly every one of Wit Wang's family members are stuck inside their homes in the midst of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.

Wang is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky and his family is 30 minutes outside Wuhan, which is ground zero for the deadly virus.

The virus has infected almost 10,000 people worldwide.

"The growth of this virus is unbelievable, unbelievable, Wang said. "There are more and more people starting to stay home."

As the virus spreads, so does misinformation on social media

"What's sad is that we don't think independently anymore," Wang said. "We just trust what's happening on social media."

Locally, Wang said some upsetting news has been circulating in the Chinese community. Word has gotten around that some middle school students are telling Chinese kids to "stay away"and calling them the "Chinese virus".

Now, parents are sharing a post that educates kids on how to respond. For example, it says to remind kids that the Ebola virus is not called the "Congo virus" and the H1N1 is not called the "European virus". Therefore, it is not the "Chinese virus", it is the Coronavirus.