How To Address The Community’s Stigma About Corona Virus
How to respond wisely when there is stigma in the community about the corona virus?
COVID-19 is a new disease, so almost everything about the corona virus is still unclear and in research. There is no definite literature on this subject, and experts continue to examine it. Both in terms of transmission, the length of time the virus has survived, the symptoms that appear until the possible treatment, are still developing and looking for certain. We must understand that it is these uncertain things that trigger people's fear and stigma.
Existing news, including hoaxes in circulation if not addressed wisely can cause panic and the emergence of stigma. Some groups of people affected by stigma due to COVID-19 according to the CDC include people / descendants of Asia, people after traveling and medical workers. People affected by this stigma can be avoided many people even in extreme conditions can get physical and verbal violence are also denied to get a variety of facilities. In fact, this virus can affect anyone regardless of social status, employment, hygiene, etc. because of the way it is transmitted quite easy.
To address this stigma, stick to valid data. Find as much information about this virus as you can from trusted sources such as WHO, CDC, Indonesian government agencies such as the Ministry of Health or regional data. By knowing the data and trusting the right sources, we can remain calm, not judge the sufferer badly, nor ignore this corona virus. If you find out someone has COVID-19 and is isolated, keep their identity, don't spread it without the sick person's permission. Let the health workers who are tracking the spread do not need to spread panic. Do not spread the news that you do not know the truth. Spread only the positive, such as prevention, an appeal to remain socially temporarily distancing, and support.
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Hopefully this is useful.