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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 112-115

Let's fight against the ailment not the ailing

Independent Public Health Researcher, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Janmejaya Samal
C/O – Mr. Bijaya Ketan Samal, At - Pansapalli, PO - Bangarada, Via - Gangapur, Ganjam - 761 123, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/AMH.AMH_23_20

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Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) is a global crisis and has crippled the entire humankind throughout the globe. More than 200 countries in the globe are under the clutch of this pandemic. Apart from creating medical and public health problems, it has created a plethora of social problems in the globe. As a new disease, inadequate and inaccurate information has created havoc in the global community. This in turn has created social stigma and discrimination across the globe irrespective of social strata, geographical distribution, level of education, and economic status. The stigma and discrimination has vehemently affected the efforts to fight against COVID-19 such as containment measures, health-care provision, prevention, and control measures. This disease has peculiarly created stigma and discrimination among both the recipients and providers of health-care services. The stigma and discrimination continue to prevail in societies for both these categories. It is imperative that society should understand the significance of this disease and the role of stigma and discrimination mitigation to win the war against COVID-19.

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