Combating The Stigma Of COVID-19
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