Reducing the Social Stigma Generated by a Pandemic

Reducing the Social Stigma Generated by a Pandemic

Reducing the Social Stigma Generated by a Pandemic

Reducing the Social Stigma Generated by a Pandemic

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Public health emergencies are stressful for communities and many people. Anxiety and fear regarding a public health emergency can lead to discrimination and a social stigma toward places, things, or people. Discrimination and social stigma occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a specific nationality or population, though not everyone from that country/region in that population has, or is at risk for, the condition. Stigma and discrimination can also occur when a person diagnosed with the condition has been released from quarantine. They are not considered a risk for spreading the disease to others, but when they are back in the community people look differently at them. This course will discuss the effects of stigma on emotional and mental health, ways to prevent and stop discrimination and stigma, and how to make people and communities more resilient.

COURSE INFORMATION

30 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2020-03-27Updated 2020-03-27

Course Objectives

  • Understand what a social stigma is.
  • Identify what a stigmatized group may be subjected to.
  • Explain the effect of a pandemic on individuals and on society as a whole.
  • Outline and identify ways to prevent and stop discrimination and stigma, and how to make people and communities more resilient.

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