Managing Stress Associated with COVID-19
When the public learns of an outbreak of an infectious disease such as COVID-19, they may experience anxiety and show signs of stress. Concerns about transmission from person to person may affect accessibility of social supports and reduce community cohesion. This stress is normal and may be more pronounced in people with loved ones in parts of the world hardest hit by the outbreak.
Healthcare providers, community and religious leaders, and government officials all have a role to play in helping people cope effectively and manage their stress in the current climate of concerns about COVID-19 transmission. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has the potential to increase stress and anxiety, both because of the fear of catching the virus and also because of uncertainty about how the outbreak will affect us socially and economically. Below are practical steps you can take to improve your well-being.