Fear and Stigma during COVID-19: A Road Map to Develop Effective InterventionsAuthor(s): Neenumol Babu* and Lekha D. Bhat
With any new pandemic when the risk factors are unknown and an effective treatment is unavailable whole world will be in fear as the threat is magnified than the usual. Over the last eight months, SARS-CoV-2 has been severely affecting the public health throughout the world. The current outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is proved to be more contagious than the SARS-CoV till now rather than prevention and symptom management, no effective cure is developed. As COVID 19 pandemic is spreading fast and cases are increasing proper addressing of global fear, anxiety is important. This will help people develop appropriate reaction and coping strategies. Focus of International bodies and researchers have always remained on epidemiological and clinical aspects followed by long term economic impact. The psychological components like fear, helplessness and anxiety are neglected while developing national/global strategies against pandemics.