COVID-19 and Social Stigma: A Qualitative Analysis of Stigma Confronted by COVID-19 patients in Charssada, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
19 is a disease which has certain socio economic and cultural dimensions.
Like other infectious diseases social stigma is one of the main impacts of the COVID 19
disease. This study aims to investigate the social stigma dimension of COVID 19 in
Chars sada, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. This study is qualitative whereby through
purposive sampling a total of 13 COVID 19 affected individuals (who have recovered) were
sampled and were interviewed through an interview guide. The information has been
transcr ibed and findings are extracted. Findings show that stigma is confronted by COVID
19 affected individuals from their family members, community and the health care workers.
Stigma is confronted in different shapes such as avoidance, negation, unwanted state ments
and misbehavior from healthcare workers. Confronting social stigma have numerous
impacts upon individuals including hiding of the disease of other family members to protect
them from stigma, mental and relationships issues with family and community.