Fighting COVID-19 Stigma   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "In public health, stigma occurs when a particular group of people are negatively associated with a specific disease. Fear and anxiety can cause stigma toward certain populations during a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease] pandemic. Stigma can lead to discrimination, stereotyping, and/or harassment. People of certain races and ethnic groups, from certain countries, and those with other prominent characteristics may be discriminated against because they are thought to be associated with a certain virus, even though those groups have no increased risk of contracting or spreading the disease. People who may be experiencing stigma as a result of COVID-19 include: [1] People of Asian or other minority descent and people of Hispanic origin; [2] People who have traveled; [3] Emergency responders or health care professionals; [4] People who have been quarantined or isolated, or are currently in quarantine or isolation; [5] People who have tested positive for COVID-19; [6] People who have out-of-state license plates on their vehicles or are from states that have a high number of COVID-19 cases; [7] People who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness; [8] People who are non-English speaking."

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