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How stigmatization has contributed to the COVID-19 surge in India

Monash University
the Monash Business School
the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
the University of Southampton
Social Science & Medicine
the World Health Organization

Asad Islam
Liang Choon Wang
Yenting Chen


Uttar Pradesh

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the United Kingdom
Kanpur Nagar
Uttar Pradesh

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Positivity     34.00%   
   Negativity   66.00%
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Furthermore, 34% of people blamed healthcare workers for not stopping the spread, while 29% blamed the police for this.The researchers divided the study participants into two groups: one treatment group that received a phone call presenting information about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, and one control group that did not.When 2,117 individuals completed a follow-up phone survey, the researchers found that more than half of those who previously assigned blame for the pandemic no longer did so.In addition, individuals who had received accurate medical information in the study became significantly more likely to self-report COVID-19 symptoms and seek treatment, including mental healthcare.The researchers also found a 75% reduction in stress and anxiety, and 10% of those surveyed reported that having access to the information had improved their quality of life.Study co-author Liang Choon Wang, an associate professor at Monash University, underscores the study’s finding regarding the importance of having access to accurate and pervasive public healthcare information.He says, “Health advice from credible sources in simple language is of utmost importance, as individuals are still taking the pandemic lightly, not wearing their masks, and are reluctant to get vaccinated due to widespread ignorance and misconception, even when the numbers are soaring,” adding:“Raising awareness and reducing stress and stigmatization could lead to encouraging vaccination rates, following prescribed quarantine or lockdown guidelines, coming forward and getting tested if symptoms are visible (or in early stages of infection), and getting help at the earliest time.”For live updates on the latest developments regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, click here.As the coronavirus outbreak continues, a host of misconceptions and half-truths surround it.

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