What do we do when we have to protect ourselves from each other? All illness threatens individuals with reduced quality of life and with death. Infectious diseases also threaten the whole society. The responsibility on the individual can be burdensome. Many have reported great shame and stigma by being infected with, for example, HIV, tuberculosis or corona.
“Infection has always been associated with what is foreign, with what comes from elsewhere: foreign countries, foreign peoples, groups, and individuals, foreign habits.” (Karin Johanisson, Medicine’s eye)