Coronavirus Precautions Must Not Promote Racism or Cold-War Mentality

Over the last few weeks, the world has watched the spread of the ‘2019 novel Coronavirus’ (2019-nCoV) both within the People’s Republic of China and around the world.

The efficient response to the outbreak within China has been well-documented by both Chinese and foreign media as well as groups such as the World Health Organisation. In his visit to China, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation praised the “seriousness”, “commitment” and “transparency” of the Chinese response. We too are impressed by the speed in which Chinese workers are building dedicated hospitals, an ability that our government definitely lacks in New Zealand!

As workers in the NZ healthcare system, we are naturally concerned with the response that the New Zealand Government and DHBs will give to the possibility of a small-scale spread of 2019-nCoV within Aotearoa.

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