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Stigma Around Coronavirus Is Real Pandemic, Not Virus Spread

Stigma Around Coronavirus Is Real Pandemic, Not Virus Spread

Stigma Around Coronavirus Is Real Pandemic, Not Virus Spread

The fight against Coronavirus has been a tough battle for the world, especially in the last two months, as all the countries have suffered a lot together. 

However, what came as a parcel with coronavirus is the stigmatization around the disease, and it has been a huge barrier in the fight against the disease. According to the UNICEF, there are few reasons behind the sudden birth of stigma around the disease which the world needs to end soon. 

First of all, coronavirus is a new virus and many don’t have much knowledge, thus it led to fear among people and naturally they associated with ‘others’ who had near encounter with the virus, i.e: medical personnel and patients. 

Adding further, the abundance of misinformation spreading among the masses has stigmatized the issue even further. It is understandable that there is confusion, anxiety, and fear among the public. Unfortunately, these factors are also fueling harmful stereotypes. 

The doctors and patients are facing own set of stigmas and it surely plays a huge role in making the situation even worse. In many places, doctors have been told to leave their homes by their landlords in the fear of them spreading the virus among others.

“Everyone is scared and anxious and even after I have recovered and completed my quarantine, people still want to stay away, they don’t want to talk. The other day, when my neighbour saw me on the balcony he went inside,” said Rohit Dutta to Hindustan Times.

Similar is for patients, many have received hostile receptions in their residential areas once they reached back after recovering, as the little information propels hostility.

There is also a certain level of victim-blaming in society, as many Indians who returned home with the virus have been blamed for the spread, although in some cases there has been negligence, but it doesn’t justify any stigmatization.

The episode of Tablighi Jammat is the prime example of the above argument. With a huge section of people on social media trying to malign a religion over an act of its section.

The prime-time anchors screaming out the communal tension caused due to one cleric incident, the after-shocks of that event are still there and the hate is still spilling. 

Further, the fear and suspicion fuelled the stigma ahead, and few doctors in Indore had to face the brunt of it. A group of other public-health workers had been tracking down a man in a slum of the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, who might have had contact with a recently confirmed case of the coronavirus. 

When they found him, he cursed at them, asking why they wanted his information and accusing them of trying to take him away. Almost immediately, at least 100 people surrounded the team, throwing stones and other objects. Luckily, they managed to escape.

Such hostile behaviour has also been promoted by a few media houses who have contributed to victim shaming and did not respect the privacy of patients.

Last month, a man in Punjab ran away from the hospital after media released his details in public, once he was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Such unwanted revelation makes people not to comply with the officials since the individual fear of being stigmatized. 

Therefore, in the time of the pandemic, it is necessary for our society to be empathetic and should adopt effective and practical measures to bolster the fight against the virus. мини займ на яндекс кошелекмиг займ онлайнмини займ онлайн займ пенсионерам онлайнзайм в пермизайм у частного лица без залога

Tanish Chachra

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