OPINION | Why constant fear of COVID-19 and stigmatisation must be dealt with
The constant fear of COVID-19 and the stigmatisation of the patients diagnosed with the virus has shaken the lively atmosphere in our communities, which was once considered safe and secure for people to live in.
Since the pandemic struck our nation, everyone has been involved in fighting the virus constantly.
While some may have fought for space and activities, others fought for survival, empty-handed and on an empty stomach. The battle which began with fighting the virus has now turn into a war for food and survival amid the crisis.
Constantly circulating COVID-19 related news or information which instills fear or discouragement among the public, have made one think if our environment will ever be safe again.
Whether common people will be able to comprehend such information, the fear of uncertainty has started to develop among the citizens.
Perhaps, this must be one of the reasons why some people are hesitant to get themselves tested for the virus or even get vaccinated, as there is no mental preparation for that.
"We fear that a negative outcome would happen when the test turns out positive," a couple of citizens shared their views.
While it is necessary to share authentic news, there is a strong sense of security when the information is given positively and with utmost conviction.
Perhaps, an appropriate way of dissipating false information among the public can ease their minds and cut down stress or tension, especially for those struggling to adapt to the new norm.
Meanwhile, 'stigmatisation' has become a new trend nowadays, as it is not unusual to see people who are COVID patients or once were, being stigmatised, as people look at them as carriers of the virus even after they have been treated.
The most affected are the health workers, who are constantly exposed to the risks. While they are being respected for their contribution, there are, however, others who refuse to acknowledge their contribution and subject them to alienation and stigmatisation.
Apart from medical workers, every individual working as a frontline worker since the beginning of the pandemic must be respected for their valour, dedication and their willingness to serve humankind during this time of crisis.
The constant fear of COVID-19 and stigmatisation must be dealt with, for a healthy and happy relationship in the community. The public can be encouraged with words that are kind and true.
Our entire nation will emerge strong, as long as we have capable leaders who are courageous, responsible and just.
The consequences of the epidemic has affect us all, however, with co-operation, complex matter becomes easy to combat.
We will surely emerge victorious in this battle against COVID if we choose to act responsibly in society.
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