In the context of health, stigma is the negative association between a person or group of people who share certain characteristics and a specific disease. In an outbreak, this may mean people are labeled, stereotyped, discriminated against, treated separately, and/or experience loss of status because of a perceived link with a disease (from Social Stigma Associated With COVID-19). This short guide includes important considerations and resources to support country programs in recognizing and working to reduce stigma around COVID-19.
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