Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Misinformation about coronavirus and COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma. What we can do as individuals
Rely on and share trusted sources of information.
Speak up if you hear, see, or read stigmatizing or harassing comments or misinformation.
Show compassion and support for individuals and communities more closely impacted.
Avoid stigmatizing people who are in quarantine. They are making the right choice for their communities.
Do not make assumptions about someone’s health status based on their ethnicity, race or national origin.
What we can do as professionals
Stay updated and informed on COVID-19 to avoid miscommunication or inaccurate information
Talk openly about the harm of stigma
View people directly impacted by stigma as people first
Be conscious of your language
Acknowledge access & language barriers
Check your own stigmas and biases
Support community with where to access credible information
Be transparent about COVID-19
Stick to the facts