COVID-19 Emergency Response, Mitigating Stigma and Fear

Mitigating Stigma and Fear

This document gives simple advice on how you can prevent stigma and fear associated with COVID-19

Preventing stigma can save lives. We learned from the HIV and Ebola crisis how damaging fear, stigma and misinformation can be - this is also very true for COVID-19. Stigma and fear can isolate people. It may cause them to hide the fact they have symptoms and prevent them from seeking medical care, adopting healthy behaviours and accessing necessary support. Stigma and fear robs people of their human dignity and inherent worth as created in the image of God.