Health workers wear hazmat clothing while working on the front lines against Covid-19 in Indonesia. Patients worried about what neighbours will think have asked health workers to take them to hospital at dead of night. Photo: Shutterstock Health workers wear hazmat clothing while working on the front lines against Covid-19 in Indonesia. Patients worried about what neighbours will think have asked health workers to take them to hospital at dead of night. Photo: Shutterstock
Health workers wear hazmat clothing while working on the front lines against Covid-19 in Indonesia. Patients worried about what neighbours will think have asked health workers to take them to hospital at dead of night. Photo: Shutterstock

Covid-19 testing in Indonesia snubbed by villagers fearful of being shunned if they test positive, such is the stigma attached to it

  • Patients ask to be moved to quarantine at dead of night. Families have been shunned by their neighbours or barricaded in their homes
  • An academic blames such ‘extreme reactions’ on lack of education by the government. ‘This stigma is affecting people’s … mental health,’ a psychologist says 

Topic |   Wellness
Health workers wear hazmat clothing while working on the front lines against Covid-19 in Indonesia. Patients worried about what neighbours will think have asked health workers to take them to hospital at dead of night. Photo: Shutterstock Health workers wear hazmat clothing while working on the front lines against Covid-19 in Indonesia. Patients worried about what neighbours will think have asked health workers to take them to hospital at dead of night. Photo: Shutterstock
Health workers wear hazmat clothing while working on the front lines against Covid-19 in Indonesia. Patients worried about what neighbours will think have asked health workers to take them to hospital at dead of night. Photo: Shutterstock
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