Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, there has been blame aimed at people with the virus.
Many have begun to look for reasons to make jokes out of a situation that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. This happens to be a totally inappropriate act, as it has led to stigmatization. It has also affected the mental health of people who have had it and have now recovered from the virus.
Being infected with the virus has totally nothing to do with a person’s race, gender, country, or state. The virus could have possibly hit any nation or individual. The most important thing to focus on right now is to ensure that it doesn’t spread more than it already has.
What is Stigmatization?
In case you don’t know what stigmatization is, or you want to find out if the actions you are taking could probably be geared towards stigmatization, here is what it means.
Stigmatization has to do with labeling somebody with a particular action, event, or disease. When you shame people for what they do, what they have done, or what they are going through, you are stigmatizing them, and stigma could result in a really terrible mental issue.
What is a Health Related Stigma?
Going by the definition of stigmatization, health related stigma relates to shaming, or labeling somebody with a health issue that they suffer, or suffered from. For example, people who have HIV may be finding it difficult to fit into the society of people who already know them to have the issue.
The same goes for coronavirus patients or people who had it. The nasty looks and sneering comments from people who know they had the disease may put them down.
Mental Health Related Stigma for Coronavirus Patients and Survivors
As human beings, we have to look out for one another and that means accepting that this pandemic isn’t anybody’s fault, it just happened to have started from somewhere. We must help infected people get through the healing process and know that we care about them.
The mental health stigma of getting and surviving from the coronavirus may include some of the following:
Social isolation: The moment people notice that they’re being pointed out or mocked by a certain group of people just because they contracted a disease, they usually withdraw themselves from the social activities they once participated in hoping to find peace of mind.
Depression and anxiety: When social isolating, people may develop depression and anxiety, because they get the feeling that they can no longer get social acceptance. It would take a really strong mind to escape this.
How to Persevere through the Stigma
It is undeniable that some people naturally cannot overcome the fear that they may get infected by someone who once had the virus, but here is how you can persevere through the stigma.
- Reject it.
- Educate them.
- Visit a therapist.
- Talk to loved ones more.
- Go out and pay less attention to what people say or how they look at you.
Best wishes, and good health to you!