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【全球齊心抗疫情 拒絕標籤與污名】[Hands off, stigma!]



Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the news that East Asians and Italians were labelled and stigmatised have been reported. Indeed, racial discrimination always occurs whenever there is a new form of diseases or infection. Similar situations occurred during the outbreak of Ebola and MERS. Studies revealed that discriminating against the most severely affected ethnic group often backfires. Enhancing communication with and assistance to the affected community is more useful than excessive isolation.

Appropriate disease preventing measures are vitally important. Dissemination of preventive information, public education and intergovernmental collaboration are the starting points of facilitating infection control.

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