Prejudice and discrimination faced by nursing professionals in their community during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A527
In the context of the pandemic, additionaly to the already known effects of the disease, many suffer from prejudice and discrimination related to Covid-19, which are usually motivated by fear and uncertainty based on distorted perceptions of risk. Among others, this treatment can negatively affect health professionals.

To describe situations of prejudice and discrimination faced by nursing professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic

Qualitative and descriptive research, for data collection interviews were conducted with a semi-structured script with 40 participants.

17 participants (42.5%) reported episodes of prejudice or discrimination in their communities. The reports are diverse and took place in different places such as banks, supermarkets, bakeries, or the home environment of family members. Such reports included: “they moved my chair away from me when I went to the bank”, “ they did not want to sit next to me on the bus”, “the neighbor crossed the street when he saw me”, “ I was not invited to an event with family and friends”, “feeling looks towards me when entering the establishment”, “ people with expressions of fear when they see me”, “ they separated the household items for me to use at my mother-in-laws house”, “they refused to enter the elevator with me,” “condominium where I live with an elevator exclusive for me”, “my relatives were afraid of my children”, “ they refused to see me at the beauty salon”.

Considering the social panic caused by the high mortality rates, and the fact that it is a recent and unknown disease, the population has become afraid and concerned about the contagiousness of the disease. Information distorted from reality, fake news, and wrong approaches to dealing with the pandemic can exacerbate prejudice and discrimination by part of the population.

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