Remember to be kind. If you're part of an industry which allows you to work from home with a steady income still flowing through, reach out to those whose jobs may be compromised during this time to see how you can help. Support small businesses, whether it may be restaurants or independent apparel brands - and especially support health workers.
Remember to not give into xenophobia and racism. Vitriolic behavior is more ubiquitous than normal, no doubt sparked by the mounting uncertainty and fear around COVID-19. Social distancing is meant to contain the transmission spread, not used as an excuse to dehumanize. Our compassion & empathy is needed now, more than ever.
As a Chinese-American woman, I have already experienced and seen forms of racism directed at the Chinese on social media and, more egregiously, in the White House. But I have also seen many words of encouragement and reminders to be kinder, to put aside our differences, to support one another. Most of all, I have found that doing my part to help my community has made me feel infinitely more resilient than any sort of annoyed retaliation to banal racist commentary.
In these times of need, giving back has never made me feel more uplifted and connected to my community.
credit: Iris Hsu