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Blame and Discrimination Attached to 2019-NCOV--An FAQ for US Elected Leaders and Health Officials   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Stigma comes from an impulse to assign blame during an outbreak of contagious disease. People are trying to answer basic questions: 'Where did this come from?' and 'How is it spreading?' To understand and avoid illness, people create a mental distinction between 'us' (the uninfected) and 'them' (the infected). This may feel like a good first step toward safety. But it can present an inaccurate picture of health risk and reflect preexisting social differences and prejudices. A whole country or group of people may be singled out as the source of the problem--rather than the pathogen. This phenomenon is beginning to happen increasingly in the case of Chinese people and the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak ('nCoV')."

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2020-02-05
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Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
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