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Combating The Stigma Of COVID-19

Jude Beck
Stigma stems from stereotypes and our urge to find answers. The pandemic has sparked confusion and created negative stigma for those who have contracted the virus.

COVID-19 has touched all of our lives in some way. With nearly 18,000 confirmed cases in Iowa (as of May 27, 2020) more and more of us have had the disease, know someone who has had it or even lost someone to the disease. But for a variety of reasons many people feel uncomfortable sharing their personal experiences with COVID-19. They may fear they’ll be blamed for not taking enough precautions or that the loss of a loved one might be politicized. 

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe speaks with Patrick Corrigan of the Illinois Institute of Technology about the stigma associated with COVID-19 and how it compares to other conditions and diseases. We'll also hear from pastor Val Swinton of Clarksville about why he has been so open about sharing his battle with COVID-19 and a Des Moines Register reporter shares how he's been tracking down loved ones to remember those who have passed away from the virus. Later on, survivors of COVID-19 call in to share their stories. 


Val Swinton, pastor, Clarksville Church of Christ

Patrick Corrigan, distinguished professor of psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology

Mark Emmert, reporter, Des Moines Register

Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa