How to avoid Corona Virus fears from affecting mental health?
Corona Virus (COVID-19) is a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 and is the cause of an ongoing viral pandemic. Being a novel infectious disease means it can spread from one person to another, directly or indirectly. As of now, there have been over 349,980 identified cases. Corona Virus fears and mental health is a huge topic.
A pandemic means that this is a worldwide issue and everybody is equally involved in trying to control the disease. In these times panic is inevitable but we must understand that panic only makes things worse. Misinformation and lack of facts about the disease is the main reason of panic and fear amongst all individuals. Do not believe everything you read about the disease, incorrect information only increases panic and may even in some cases increase the chances of catching the disease. The pandemic is causing other prominent social fears as well such as lesser financial security which is a huge factor that affects the mental health of majority of people and quarantine makes it worse as people cannot divert themselves from their problems. As you know now that this blog is focused on Corona Virus fears and mental health.
Understanding COVID-19, preventing misinformation from spreading by providing correct knowledge and awareness about the disease, its causes, affects and measures to stay safe are of utmost priority of everyone, because we are all in this together. Therefore it is the duty of all the people to understand thoroughly what this disease is, so we can prevent it from causing fear, panic and affecting our mental health.
The symptoms of Corona virus include fever, cough and shortage of breath but it does not necessarily mean one has the Corona virus as these symptoms are very much similar to the common cold and flu. In case of any of these symptoms, consult a doctor before being worried and anxious about the Corona virus.
Corona virus can spread due to close contact with an infected person or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. It is important to know that surfaces can remain contaminated up to 10 hours.
As of now, prevention is the only cure, taking simple precautionary measures like washing your hands regularly and staying inside can help prevent you from catching the disease. If you must travel, wear a face mask, keep a hand sanitizer with you at all times and try to keep away from crowded places.
We are in this together and we will get through this, together.
Blog Written by: Uzam Malik