Page COVID-19 & stigma: How to prevent and address social stigma in your community
The coronavirus’ spread and global reach has been a source of concern and a call for collective action to prevent the virus from spreading further. While you may be feeling worried about how to stay safe amidst this pandemic, it is critical that we keep coronavirus-related stigma to a minimum as it may make this challenging situation worse.
Around the world there have been reports of individuals being subject to verbal or even physical abuse as their ethnicity was unfairly associated with the virus.
Public health emergencies are stressful times for everyone affected. It’s important to stay informed and to be kind and supportive to each other. Words matter, and using language that perpetuates existing stereotypes can drive people away from getting tested and taking the actions they need to protect themselves and their communities.