Stigma regrettably follows many diseases – and since COVID-19 is no different – it’s important that people create more inclusive communities by taking the necessary steps to negate harmful attitudes and misconceptions.
Some things that can be done to prevent stigma surrounding COVID-19 include – being informed about the disease and how it’s transmitted; increased community engagement to dispel misinformation and calm fears; and encouraging media to share more positive stories of survivors and how communities are overcoming the pandemic.
“COVID-19 and HIV share an unfortunate similarity where stigma is concerned,” said AHF Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy Terri Ford. “It’s important that people who have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it know that they will be cared for and not shunned by their communities. Supporting each other and working together to raise awareness of prevention, counter myths and calm fears about the disease are vital for getting through this crisis.”
It’s also important to stay safely connected to family and friends during lockdowns. A call or text might brighten someone’s day, so stay in touch with those close to you. And check out our tips on COVID-19 and self-care here