“It pains me to say but invariably it is expats who ignore the rules: eating and drinking on public transport and often with coffees in hand on the MTR slurping it with masks down. The fact that some also ignore the rules in gyms is unfortunately therefore no big surprise.” Sadly, comments like this have become commonplace on Post articles recently, showing a worrying trend towards racism in relation to local cases, and are rife all over social media. Head to a news article, Facebook post or Twitter feed related to Covid-19 and you will find examples of people freely engaging in xenophobia and hurling ethnic slurs. It seems we are at war with each other as much as this virus. The link being made between Covid-19 and race is abhorrent and needs to stop. Accusations are flying and divisions are appearing. This gets us nowhere and leads to more fearmongering. Gym owners, personal trainers and people who work out now find themselves the latest target of this sickening practice related to an outbreak at Ursus Fitness in Sai Ying Pun . Globally, cases have been linked to every industry. This virus does not discriminate; we are all impacted by it. Hong Kong sports teams quarantining after multiple Covid-19 positives Here in Hong Kong clusters have been linked to many industries, enough that it’s clear this is not a case of bad apples ruining it for everyone, it’s just bad luck. This virus has shown to be resilient, adaptable and fast moving through populations everywhere. Blaming certain sectors of the population, or ethnicities, for spreading the virus is deplorable. The one solid piece of evidence we have from the government concerning the Ursus Fitness outbreak is that the personal trainer who worked there, whose sample tested positive, was asymptomatic. This means he had no idea he had Covid-19, and it is impossible to fault someone who didn’t even know they were carrying the virus. It could have happened to anyone. Speculating beyond the limited intel the government released is where we degrade into rumours, hearsay and accusations that are not backed by evidence. This is where fake news propagates, and hate spreads. Taiwanese-American Jeremy Lin found himself the recipient of Covid-19 related racism towards Asians, as another player in the NBA’s G League called him “coronavirus” during a game. Lin refused to name the culprit and worked with the league to resolve the matter internally. Lin said he sees news stories every day about hate crimes against Asian people related to Covid-19, all around the unsubstantiated claim that the virus was somehow caused by Asians. Now more than a year into battling Covid-19, there is no denying everyone is tired, fatigued and frustrated. We’ve been locked down, cooped up, and bombarded with daily headlines about coronavirus that raise stress levels. But this does not provide an excuse to start pointing fingers and make racially charged allegations with no evidence to back it up. Hong Kong has done an incredible job at containing the virus and keeping cases and deaths low. When it comes to per capita statistics, Hong Kong is well outside the 100 worst-affected areas. Measures in Hong Kong are stricter than most countries, and we have all made big sacrifices in fighting the disease. The time to shame your neighbour is not now. This virus doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we. Hongkongers should come together during stressful times like this, not let racism and Covid-19 shaming rip us apart. We’re all in this fight together, regardless of the colour of our skin, it’s time we started acting like it.