Three weeks ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled the coronavirus or COVID-19, a new virus, meaning no one has immunity, and there is no vaccine as a pandemic. A pandemic doesn’t describe the deadliness of an illness, but how widespread it is.
Now there is an invisible virus snaking its way through our communities, Given predictions that up to 70% of the Earth’s inhabitants will contract this virus with the morbidity and mortality rates advancing sharply after the sixth decade, especially for those of us with underlying health conditions, the corona is inciting panic among people.
The latest anxiety among people was how to make effective hand sanitizers. As it was, and is, no longer available on the shelves of stores where panicky consumers shop to ward off the plague. People were also seen scoring too many cases of bottled water many shares that they can’t sleep and find themselves crying alone in their cars. They confide that they have never before seriously considered the prospect of their mortality. It’s human to be anxious. At the same time, there are lots of reasons not to be scared. Be reasonable and be cautious, but don’t be frightened.
In such a case we all should develop a strategy. Keep yourself informed but try to Stay away from social media and up-to-the-minute news, check for factual updates on the virus from trusted sources but avoid obsessive Googling. Occupy your mind with relaxing hobbies. Whether you play the piano, read a book, paint, play a board game or meditate, all of these activities can help calm your mind. Call a friend if you live alone. Fortunately, we live in a tech age that allows us to connect with friends. Whether on the phone or via Skype, talking to people has been proven to reduce depression and feelings of anxiousness but try not to talk about the virus.
This isn’t to say that we are immune from anxiety about the uncertain future that awaits us but we continue to live, or else, the living isn’t worth the fight.