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COVID-19: Pushing Back Against Stigma

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Overview

Stigma is a negative feeling based on a belief about a group of people. Stigma often occurs when there's a disease outbreak. It's a common human reaction to look for someone to blame when we feel afraid.

In the case of COVID-19, some people have blamed it on people of Asian descent or people who have traveled. Some have even blamed health care workers. This virus has spread around the world because of our global economy. No one person, group, or country is to blame.

It's important to know the facts so that we don't hurt people by stigmatizing them. Stigma can lead to social rejection, trouble getting health care, job loss, and even physical violence.

Ways to push back against stigma

If the spread of COVID-19 has shown us anything, it's how connected our world is. We are all in this together. We can find ways to support each other and push back against stigma.


Credits for COVID-19: Pushing Back Against Stigma

Current as of: March 26, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine


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