Hong Mei Pang, advocacy director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, which is in San Francisco’s Chinatown, stressed that the coronavirus is a health issue, and shouldn’t be associated with one ethnic group or another.

“We urge everybody to maintain the perspective that this is a public health issue and to not use it as a way to scapegoat or make sweeping generalizations on anybody, but also for institutions to remain accountable to all of their students, to the diverse populations and communities that live in California,” she said.