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  • The coronavirus is not just making people sick,

  • it's also making people stupid.

  • And the misinformation going around online

  • is even more viral than the disease.

  • With coronavirus spreading rapidly around China

  • and parts of the world, social media companies

  • are now faced with another problem:

  • misinformation.

  • Fake alerts suggesting that Chinese Red Bull,

  • fortune cookies or mi goreng noodles

  • could give you coronavirus-- all of those fake.

  • One false claim said that drinking bleach

  • could cure the virus.

  • ...eating garlic, rinsing your nose with saline

  • or putting on sesame oil help prevent the virus.

  • Really? Some people think eating garlic and sesame oil

  • will prevent the disease?

  • If that was true, no Chinese person would have it, okay?

  • -(laughter) -That's not a treatment for us.

  • That's breakfast.

  • It's like if a pandemic broke out in Rome, and they were like,

  • (Italian accent): "Don't-a worry,

  • "you can't get the disease as long as you eat-a

  • -plenty of ravioli." -(laughter)

  • And obviously, drinking bleach isn't gonna cure the virus.

  • It's just gonna get the stains out, you idiots.

  • (laughter)

  • And the coronavirus isn't just creating misinformation.

  • It's also creating a lot of stupid-ass racism.

  • The coronavirus outbreak has led to complaints

  • about a rise in anti-Chinese sentiment around the world.

  • In France, for example, a regional newspaper

  • has had to apologize for this headline

  • that used the phrase, "yellow alert,"

  • while scenes like this one you're about to see here

  • are widespread of people appearing to cover their face

  • just because they're sitting next to someone who's Asian.

  • CNBC is reporting that Lyft and Uber drivers

  • are refusing to pick up passengers

  • with Asian-sounding last names out of fear of the coronavirus,

  • saying it isn't safe to pick up those riders.

  • Okay, wait. So Uber drivers aren't picking up passengers

  • with Asian-sounding names

  • because they're afraid of the coronavirus?

  • Yo, if anyone's taking a health risk in an Uber,

  • -it's me, okay? -(laughter)

  • Getting in the backseat of your Nissan Sentra?

  • Yo, this one time I was in an Uber pool

  • with the monkey that started Ebola.

  • -(laughter) -That was crazy!

  • I mean, he lived all the way on the other side of town.

  • Also, it must be tough for racist drivers

  • who discriminate based on Asian-sounding last names,

  • 'cause they'll be like, "Robert E. Lee?

  • Nah, I can't risk it. Mm-mm."

  • -(laughter) -The point is, we got stop thinking of this

  • as an Asian virus, okay?

  • Yes, it started in Asia, but any human can spread it.

  • So if you're gonna be a dick about it,

  • you got to avoid all people, okay?

  • That's why I spent the weekend at a Tom Steyer rally.

  • -(laughter) -He didn't...

  • even he didn't show up.

  • But what's really stupid is people who seem to care less

  • about the health crisis

  • and more about when they're gonna get their stuff.

  • NEWSWOMAN: Tesla tanking? It was announced

  • that its Model 3 shipments for February would be delayed

  • due to its Shanghai factory being shut down

  • and the coronavirus fears.

  • 75% of hockey sticks used in the NHL

  • are made in China.

  • Those factories have stopped production

  • to slow the spread of the virus.

  • The coronavirus could slow shipments of the iPhone.

  • Many of the phones, along with Apple's iPad,

  • are shipped from China's Wuhan area.

  • Consumers could see a delay of one to two weeks

  • in getting their phones if the virus isn't contained soon.

  • (sighs): Oh, no. You're gonna have to wait ten extra days

  • to get your iPhone.

  • I'm sorry all these people dying is making it harder for you

  • to take night shots of your dog.

  • And so what if your Tesla's delayed?

  • Just take a Uber this week, okay?

  • Unless you're Asian, in which case you're shit out of luck.

  • Okay? I mean, have fun going alone to the airport,

  • -Ebola monkey. -(laughter)

  • Wow, Ronny, I'm not gonna lie, this seems to be a real problem.

  • Yeah, I know. Why is the Ebola monkey even flying?

  • Like, where is he going? He's not wearing a mask.

  • It's like he doesn't give a (bleep).

  • No, no, no, no, I...

  • I mean, you don't seem to be worried

  • about the disease itself.

  • Is there any reason people should be concerned?

  • Oh. Oh, yeah, yeah. Of-of course.

  • I mean, it's a serious illness, and it's a serious problem.

  • But in the United States, there's only 13 confirmed cases.

  • Okay? The greater danger here is the stupid racism.

  • There's no reason to be weird around Asian people.

  • Right, I guess yeah, because statistically,

  • -they probably don't have the virus. -Exactly.

  • Don't stereotype Asian people.

  • Also, there's a good chance they're a doctor,

  • so they can help you out if you are worried, okay?

The coronavirus is not just making people sick,

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    Victoria posted on 2020/02/18
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