I was on the train earlier and this older man flipped out at an asian kid with a cold to "stop coughing".

I pointed out he could politely ask someone to cover their mouth, rather than blowing a fuse. It's not like you can stop a cough. His response? "Not during a public health crisis."

These people's reactions are not proportional to the threat: it's hysteria.

Fear is not an excuse to be rude to others.

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I can't imagine what it's like to have a common cold right now. I'm so glad my cough went away before #covid hit SF 😰 I hope he's okay.

E X A C T L Y He told me to mind my own business. I asked him to do the same. 🙄 The kid could've already tested negative by his doctor. It's cold season. If you don't have flu symptoms...? Leave people alone and care for yourself.

Thanks for standing up for the poor kid!

Imagine if someone punched him in the nose and yells "stop bleeding".