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New York voices: Virus-wracked city split on safety versus liberty

Experts say pandemic reactions highlight US-Asia culture gap

NEW YORK -- Tony, the owner of a wine shop and Italian restaurant in New York's Long Island City, thinks the authorities have wildly overreacted to the coronavirus.

"I don't believe the hype," said Tony, who is in his 40s and gave only his first name. "Common sense dictates that a virus cannot jump 6 feet unless you sneeze on somebody. I think there's a lot of unscientific fear mongering and I think it's being perpetuated by the media ... and it's causing real damaging effects economically."

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