Mental Health and Coronavirus

Mental Health and Coronavirus

I get many questions about COVID-19: Coronavirus and Mental Health. Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty regarding the current Coronavirus pandemic have the potential to negatively impact our mental health. Protecting your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak is just as important as safeguarding your physical health. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.  This novel, or new virus, was unknown to virologists before the outbreak first began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. To date, over 3 million people worldwide and nearly 1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19; For most people, the risk of contracting coronavirus is low. However, there are  places around the world  where the virus is spreading much faster than others. For people living in or visiting these areas, the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher.

Although the elderly and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes)  have a higher risk of serious complications and even death.

Mental Health Impact

Twenty-four-seven cable news coverage. Global pandemic. Trillions of dollars lost from the economy. Grocery stores wiped clean of toilet paper and hand sanitizer.  These are all terms and images that evoke fear and anxiety. As information about Coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions.

Common reactions include:

  • Anxiety, worry, panic
  • Feeling helpless
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
  • Anger
  • Hyper-vigilance to your health and body
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