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Healthcare Providers: Equip Your Patients with Sound Information on Coronavirus

The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) stands solidly in support of WHO recommendations in addressing the threat of 2019nCoV (“Corona”) viral spread. 

In face of this public health emergency we urge all health care providers to be equipped to provide culturally sensitive and language appropriate information to patients and communities at large.  Given the origin of the epidemic appears to be from Wuhan, China, there is likely to be additional concern for individuals who have recently traveled from that region.  At the same time, it is important to be mindful of incidental or implicit bias of individuals of Chinese ethnicity, nationality or origin. 

NCAPIP upholds the mission of providing quality care and access to our immigrant communities, and urges all health care providers to uphold principles of patient centeredness, humane and respectful care as we confront the challenge of the corona virus.   Community based physicians are trusted sources of care and referral and we support their practices during this time of uncertainty.   We urge common sense and practical safeguards against the spread of infectious and respiratory disease, and for everyone to seek medical care immediately if they have a fever (104 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Centigrade) and are experiencing respiratory symptoms.

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