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ffp2 n95, Cornell University’s media relations department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine isn’t the only organization to link the coronavirus to xenophobia. On Tuesday, the Washington Post urged readers who have “seen or experienced discrimination, racism or xenophobia connected to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic” to contact the liberal newspaper. “As the coronavirus continues to spread, so do fears over rising prejudice,” Post community editor Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn wrote. “The Washington Post wants to hear your story.”

ffp2 n95 - Foreign nationals who have traveled to China within the last 14 days will be temporarily denied entry into the U.S.; Jonathan Serrie reports from Atlanta. More than 14,000 people are calling for one California school district to temporarily close its doors amid the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus that’s killed nearly 500 people as of Wednesday. The Change.org petition calls on the Alhambra Unified School District, which is located east of Los Angeles and is comprised of 21 schools and some 16,500 students, to cancel classes as the virus continues to spread. To date, there are no cases of coronavirus in Alhambra. It’s not clear who created the call to action, though ABC7 reported it may have been penned by a student.

ffp2 n95, CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL WORKERS EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS, TOLD TO STAY HOME: OFFICIALS  “The virus has already made a name for itself by killing many individuals in China as well as spreading to other countries at a rapid pace,” the petition reads in part. It also called for students to wear “protective face masks” to “protect students and others from receiving or transmitting the sickness.” However, there’s little evidence that such masks actually work. What's more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn't currently recommend the general public to wear surgical masks.

ffp2 n95 - Despite the petition, which had more than 14,200 signatures as of Wednesday, school district officials have no plans to cancel classes, Toby Gilbert, a spokesperson for the district, confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday. We believe when we seek out and share facts and use science to guide our decisions, we all are safer, Gilbert said in an email, stressing there is currently no coronavirus threat at the 21 schools within the district.  When we seek out social media rumors and treat them as fact, we are not safe.

ffp2 n95 - Gilbert also told the Pasadena Star-News that the district has sent letters and emails to parents in an attempt to squelch rumors and assuage fears. “When there is a disease outbreak, there is a fear outbreak. Fear outbreaks are not based on facts, they are based on false rumors that are spread as facts, Gilbert added. CORONAVIRUS MAY TRANSMIT THROUGH DIGESTIVE TRACT, REPORT FINDS  At least six cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in California — two of which were confirmed in Southern California, in Los Angeles County, and in Orange County.