COVID-19 Stigma Harms Us All
It’s important to be kind to one another, and not contribute to COVID-19-related stigma for individuals, including those with COVID-19, and their caregivers or contacts.
While individuals are able to disclose their own health information – or consent to having other organizations share information on their behalf – health authorities and health care providers are bound by strict privacy measures and legislation and must keep individual information confidential.
We want people, and their close contacts, to feel comfortable coming forward if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and require testing. Stigma can negatively impact this process, slowing down testing, contact tracing, and possible leading to further spread.
Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people, and negatively affecting the mental health of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in. We can stop stigma, by knowing the facts, sharing only accurate information with others, and most of all, being kind.
For more information:
- FNHA – Practice lateral kindness to help reduce stigma and fear of COVID-19
- FNHA – COVID-19 lateral kindness poster
- PHSA – Returning to work after COVID-19 isolation