Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be stressful for people from all walks of life and all ages. While some age groups seem to be more susceptible than others it appears that it has left no group untouched. Fear and anxiety about what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, your loved ones, your coworkers and your community stronger.
Social media provides a plethora of information and misinformation. There seems to be people and groups on both sides of the equation that claim to have all the facts of what will work and what won't work to make you safe. There are naysayers against PPE claiming that things like masks may or may not work. Some say this is all a hoax so it can be a challenge wading through it all.
Our suggestion is to limit the source of your information to the World Health Organization, which is where our company turns for our information. There are various provincial and federal sites that offer facts, and not uneducated opinions. Get involved at work and home to ensure your companies health and safety personnel make use of foggers and disinfectant wipes. A good quality hand sanitizer that is at least 70% alcohol will keep your hands germ free between hand washing with a good quality foaming soap.
Knowledge and planning are key to know what to do if you are sick and concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19.
The ability to understand where and how to get treatment, as well as other support services or resources in your area. In addition, many counselling or therapy offer online or phone help.
Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family.
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body:
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Through community you will be able to reduce your stress.
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