Sunday Territorian

Infection shame felt by patients


PEOPLE who contract Covid-19 should not feel ashamed by their positive result, a socialist has said.

UNSW Sydney research fellow Clare Southerton highlighte­d the shame that some Australian­s felt for testing positive.

She said it was important to remember that the world was in a pandemic and that was not an individual’s responsibi­lity or event.

Due to the relatively low case numbers in the nation, Dr Southerton said public attention was focused on those who contracted the virus, heightenin­g stigma and shame.

“Remind yourself that this is something largely out of our control, and be kind to yourself in this really difficult time,” she said.

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