Michelle Phan says she's been targeted with racism amid Wuhan coronavirus scare: 'Why are some of you telling me to go back to eating bats? I'm American you ignorant f---s'
Beauty YouTuber and entrepreneur Michelle Phan tweeted Friday about the racist comments she received amid the global coronavirus scare. Phan said some people told her to go back to eating bats. She responded that she was born and raised in the United States. Since the first case of the coronavirus was reported in December, at least 259 people have died and more than 10,000 have been infected.
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On Friday, beauty YouTuber and Ipsy founder Michelle Phan tweeted her response to racist comments she received amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak spreading across the world. It started when Phan tweeted, "I snapped," after sharing a picture of a racist Instagram comment she got. "Why do you Asians eat creatures left right and centre???? Dead or alive... all body parts!!!!! That's why your starting all sorts of diseases!!!!," the person wrote. Phan responded, "@0011love1100 Why do you settlers give out smallpox infected blankets to Native Americans, wiping out 95% of their population?"
I snapped pic.twitter.com/y9JXJzQQkF — ℳ (@MichellePhan) February 1, 2020
After sharing that first tweet, Phan went on to tweet three more times about the racism she was dealing with. "I'd like remind the people who've been racist towards Asians because of the coronavirus. 90% of everything you own was made in China including your phone. Bye," she wrote.
I’d like to remind the people who’ve been racist towards Asians because of the coronavirus. 90% of everything you own was made in China including your phone. Bye. 👋 — ℳ (@MichellePhan) February 1, 2020
Her second tweet reads, "Why are some of you telling me to go back to eating bats? I'm American you ignorant f---s." Her last tweet read, "I can't believe we're in 2020 and people are still dumb as rocks. I take that back, I shouldn't insult rocks."
Why are some of you telling me to go back to eating bats? I’m American you ignorant fucks. — ℳ (@MichellePhan) February 1, 2020 I can’t believe we’re in 2020 and people are still dumb as rocks. I take that back, I shouldn’t insult rocks. — ℳ (@MichellePhan) February 1, 2020
Phan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Tampa, Florida, and her parents were both Vietnamese refugees. The coronavirus, on the other hand, originated in Wuhan, China. Since the first case of the coronavirus was reported in December, at least 259 people have died and more than 10,000 have been infected. The virus has spread to at least 24 other countries — including the US, which has eight confirmed cases. On Saturday, a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from a trip to Wuhan, China. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the man will remain in isolation until he is cleared by public health officials.
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The US just confirmed its 11th coronavirus case: A husband and wife in San Benito county, California. Here's what we know about all the US patients.
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According to CBS San Francisco, Santa Clara County health officials announced on Sunday a woman visiting family in the Bay Area from China was confirmed to have been struck with the virus. Within two hours, the San Benito County Public Health Services said a husband and wife, both 57, were infected with the virus. The husband had recently traveled to Wuhan and passed the virus on to his wife upon return to California. Last week, the first documented instance of human-to-human transmission of the virus in the US was identified in Illinois. The other US cases were reported in Illinois, Arizona, California, and Washington, and Massachusetts. In total, the outbreak has killed more than 362 people and infected more than 17,000 since it started in December. 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It added: "The man recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and sought medical care soon after his return to Massachusetts. He has been isolated since that time and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. His few close contacts have been identified and are being monitored for any sign of symptoms." The first US case was reported on January 21, when a man in his 30s was confirmed sick in Snohomish County, Washington. The patient contracted the virus after visiting Wuhan but did not exhibit any symptoms while traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is requiring 20 US airports — including those in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago — to screen passengers for the virus. All flights in and out of Wuhan have been canceled. The man who contracted the virus landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before the protocols were instated. Health officials said they were able to detect this case early, and the man has been under strict isolation. Chris Spitters, a health officer for the Snohomish Health District, said during a CDC briefing on January 21 that the patient was "hospitalized out of an abundance of precaution and for short-term monitoring, not because there was severe illness." The man is in good health now, according to a spokesman at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Herald Net reported. Three days later, a woman in her 60s became the second case reported in the US. She is being treated in Chicago, Illinois. The woman traveled to Wuhan in December to care for her elderly father, then returned to Chicago on January 13. She did not exhibit any symptoms while traveling but called her doctor a few days after returning to the US to report that she was feeling unwell. The patient was sent to a local hospital, where she was isolated and given fluids. Doctors are treating her symptoms much like they would treat pneumonia. As of January 24, the woman was in stable condition, the CDC said, according to Chicago's ABC7 News. Local health officials said she did not take public transportation or attend any public gatherings. "I want to start by stating clearly: This is a single travel-associated case, not a local emergency," Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said, according to ABC. "I can reassure you that even with this Chicago case, the health risk to the general public from novel coronavirus remains low at this time." The CDC confirmed that the spouse of the Chicago patient also contracted the virus. His case represents the first person-to-person spread of the virus in the US. The woman's spouse had not traveled to China. Three other US cases were confirmed on January 26: two in California and one in Arizona. On January 22, a Wuhan resident who was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport on his way to China reported that he wasn't feeling well to airport staff. He was immediately taken to a local hospital. The second California case was identified in Orange County. The patient there is being kept in isolation in a hospital and is reported to be doing well. In Arizona, meanwhile, a patient is also in isolation. The person lives in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Health officials described the patient as "a member of the Arizona State University community" but said the person did not live in university housing. All three patients recently traveled from Wuhan. At least 241 people across 36 states had been tested or were awaiting tests for the virus as of Saturday. The CDC reported that 114 people have tested negative for the virus as of January 31. "At this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States," the CDC said on Saturday. On Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security announced new travel restrictions and said airline passengers who have been in China in the last 14 days will be screened on arrival and may be subject to quarantine. Those who have the coronavirus reported symptoms like fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. The CDC recommends that all travelers wash their hands frequently with soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. They should refrain from touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. The US government evacuated 195 Americans from Wuhan on Tuesday. The flight landed at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, on Wednesday. It carried US state department employees who were working at the consulate in Wuhan, as well as their families. All of the passengers will be kept under quarantine for 14 days, the CDC announced on Friday. All of Wuhan's public transportation — including buses, ferries, and trains — was shut down last week. 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