CNN’s Chris Cillizza just discovering Covid shaming; Twitter reality-checks him hard

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CNN’s editor-at-large Chris Cillizza has recently discovered that, for some, there is a stigma attached to catching COVID-19. The shame is so much that he reveals the people he comes in contact with won’t even admit they’ve had it.

He detailed his recent findings in a Twitter thread where he notes that the significantly more contagious variant of the virus, Omicron, is changing the way people in his bubble talk about their past infections.

“For months and months, no one I came into contact with admitted they had Covid. Not neighbors. Not co-workers. Not friends. Not acquaintances. No one,” Cillizza noted. “Except that, with Omicron surging and lots and lots of people now getting it, I’ve found some of these same people telling me they had it last fall or at the start of the pandemic or whenever.”

“Which is fascinating to me. Because it suggests that they were embarrassed or scared to say they (or their family) had it before,” he continued. “Why? Probably not one reason for everyone, honestly. But I do think societally we unknowingly turned having Covid into some sort of judgment on your character.”

“Like, getting Covid was a sign you weren’t being responsible or careful enough. Not being a good member of society,” Cillizza lamented. “The ubiquity — thanks to its contagiousness — of Omicron has changed that dynamic. Some of the stigma of getting Covid has worn off, and made people more comfortable acknowledging that they’ve had it before.”

Some on Twitter were utterly shocked that Cillizza was just discovering this behavior. Others suggested that media coverage had a lot to do with how people perceived those who were infected:

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