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Recovered Covid Patients Face Enduring Stigma in China

Travelers at Hongqiao International Airport 

Travelers at Hongqiao International Airport 

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Greetings from Michelle in Hong Kong. Everyone here is abuzz about the cut in the amount of time arrivals must spend in hotel quarantine, which may provide a fillip to business and leisure travel. Across the border in China, however, the stigma surrounding Covid-19 is costing people their homes and their livelihoods. But first … 

Getting infected with Covid in China can be terrifying. It’s not that it’s more dangerous — per capita deaths remain among the world’s lowest. It’s the ignominy of contracting a virus that remains rare and is widely reviled. The stigma is considerable