Have You Felt 'COVID Shame?' It's Not Just You

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A hand holds an at-home COVID test, while another person's hand points to the test.
A positive COVID test result can induce mixed emotions. (Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

Way more people gotten sick with COVID-19 during these past few weeks. If you've tested positive, you may have felt a range of emotions: Surprise, fear...even anger.

There's also another emotion members of KQED's audience are reporting: shame. For some, it's a gut feeling upon seeing that "positive" result. Others also fear being judged by their peers after being careful for so long.

Today, we're sharing a conversation about this issue of 'COVID shame', with KQED senior engagement editor Carly Severn and KQED host Brian Watt.


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