Hidden suffering of coronavirus: Stigma, blaming, shaming

Relatives of Bella Lamilla, the first person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Ecuador, maintain quarantine in their home in Babahoyo, Ecuador. 
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Date Published: April 4, 2020

Source: AP News

Bella Lamilla was the first person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Ecuador. Soon after she was diagnosed, her picture and medical records started circulating on social media which incited public shaming. This phenomenon of stigma around coronavirus patients and healthcare workers is not unique to Bella Lamilla. Fear and anger have driven discriminatory acts such as the eviction of a doctor in India and the stoning of an orphanage in Haiti after a volunteer tested positive. Similarly, the first case in Indonesia was Sita Tyasutami, a 31-year-old professional dancer whose name, phone numbers and home address were leaked in minutes and she quickly became a target of public humiliation. Psychologists say that this behaviour is a response to citizens feeling outraged for someone bringing illness into their community and the unfounded belief that those who are sick bear responsibility. 

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Summary by: Mark Youssef