Stigmatized Hero; Admires and Blames of Healthcare Workers in COVID

Stigmatized Hero; Admires and Blames of Healthcare Workers in COVID

Dr Mohammad Hossein B. JahromiPadlet

Coming back from an arduous ICU shift, I change my masks on the street, to tolerate those heavy looks staring at the N95 mask with wrinkles on my face and disheveled hair which referred to my job. The marks on my forehead and cheeks were indicators that I was coming from the frontline. In their gazes, I could see embedded fears with a sense of respect.

During the outbreak, especially in the first wave of exposure, these contradictory feelings coexisted. Inside, the pleasant feeling of the struggle to save human lives- a struggle that was not without courage. Outside, however, two kinds of emotions were transmitted to the healthcare workers, including me. A feeling of admiration for a hero; who has overcome his fears and risked himself in the days of isolation. And another feeling of stigma caused by fear of spreading the disease. Many times, through friends and family, in their calls, I found that I was both admired and reprimanded.
Coalescence of these feelings, admiration, and admonition, that I felt that the medical staff had become the stigmatized heroes in their societies. Those beloveds who honestly told me how much they missed me but wouldn’t invite me.

Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Wed 09:30 - 11:00
COVID-19, Shame and Stigma
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