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Stigma spreads alongside COVID-19 in Egypt

Fear of the novel coronavirus pandemic has led to discrimination and even bullying in Egypt.

CAIRO — Most COVID-19 patients experiencing mild to moderate respiratory symptoms recover without the need for any particular treatment, though older people and those with chronic illness are at greater risk. Yet victims of the disease have been stigmatized. Rejection by their communities could hinder the provision of medical care and prevent the disclosure of potential COVID-19 infections, both factors that could increases infection rates. 

Sabreen Mohamed, 46, is a nurse who recovered from COVID-19. She told Al-Monitor, “People have not been merciful. All of my relatives and acquaintances turned away from me. They look at the coronavirus patient as being the epidemic, though it is not a sin to get sick. My son has even lost friends because of it.”

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