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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 367-371

Nosophobia of corona: A loss or gain for India?

Department of Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Science, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sourabh Paul
Department of Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Science, Raebareli - 229 405, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_37_20

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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. COVID-19 is the third novel coronavirus disease similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome-CoV in 2003 and Middle East respiratory syndrome-CoV (2015) during the past two decades. Nosophobia is the irrational fear of having a specific disease. India has reported nearly 0.8 million cases and morbidity is more than 20,000. However, the fear or phobia has infected all the possible sectors (health, finance, industry, economy, education, sports, etc.). The objective of the article is to show the impact of nosophobia and make people aware that India needs to be very vigilant and open about the spread and containment of the infection but should not panic.

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