The coronavirus outbreak has stretched to nearly every country in the world.
But as the virus spreads, so too does another fear for Asian-Americans — racism.
Robert Ku, the chair of Binghamton University's Asian and Asian-American Studies Department, pointed to hundreds of anti-Asian incidents that have taken place nationwide.
"It runs from minor incidents of what can be regarded as micro-aggressive behavior, such as verbally harassing, up to people being spat on," said Ku.
But some incidents go much deeper.
Earlier this month, a Texas man was accused of stabbing three Asian-Americans in a grocery store, allegedly over fear that they'd spread the virus.
Professor Ku believes it all started when the virus was referred to as the "Chinese virus."
"It doesn't matter how long Asians have been in this country. It could be for generations since the 19th Century. Because of the way we look, we're perceived as foreign," said Ku.
Asian-run small businesses are also taking a hit.
Several Chinese restaurants have reported a drop in business since the outbreak began.
"They're saying 'don't go because you'll get coronavirus,'" said BU Professor Lisa Yun. "'Dont go to an establishment if servers look Asian.' So who knows if these businesses will bounce back."
And that feeling isn't exclusive to restaurants.
Some believe those on the front lines are also taking the blame.
"They're experiencing their patients who are saying outright 'I dont want to be near an Asian person,' fear when they see an Asian looking doctor or Asian looking nurse or paramedic," said Yun.
Professor said this isn't a time to give into irrational fears.
"This is a very serious moment that we're living through and to irrationally try to find people to blame is not going to help the situation. It will make it worst," said Ku.
Professors recommend reporting incidents online to help cut down on racism nationwide.