One of the background issues that affects how people from minoritised ethnic groups are able to respond to government messages about COVID-19 concerns the ways in which they are blamed for causing or spreading COVID-19 in ways that stigmatise them. The effect of this is to intensify the inequalities that have become evident with the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing note explains why racialised stigma and inequalities matter for COVID-19 strategies and makes recommendations to address this.

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