Staying safe in the time of coronavirus: pay attention to ‘the guy you know’

Read stories about COVID-19 and how they have changed how people imagine the virus and its impact on bodies and lives. People use them to turn Covid-19 into the virus they know instead of one causing a mysterious disease around the globe.

The stories people hold of the origin and intent of unknown particles can and do lead to sometimes illogical conclusions about other people. That’s not unexpected. Throughout history, there have been examples of epidemics and blame. Someone else is often considered to be the vector of disease. Some interviewees in the Southwest told us that they avoid shopping where Indigenous people go because of the high rates of Covid-19 on reservations, indicating the kind of racism and avoidance that often comes with a contagious disease.

Read the full STAT article here.

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