Before this week, the word “pandemic” was a global fear. Now, it’s a reality.
With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re facing unprecedented times. It’s no wonder that even the usually-even-keeled among us are on edge. Even if you’re not prone to anxiety, this situation can feel overwhelming and unmanageable!
Uncertainty breeds fear. The media can sometimes heighten this fear.
Because this strain of the coronavirus is new, no one really knows what to expect. And because of its potential to be deadly, a lot of people are expecting the worst.
Regardless of where you fall on the coronavirus anxiety scale, we’ve put together a list of reliable resources that can help keep you informed … and (hopefully) keep your anxiety in check:
Coronavirus Facts, Data and Information
- CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) Coronavirus Disease — the official government website that publishes updated information about the virus, the number of confirmed cases, and advice for specific audiences (schools, travelers, healthcare workers, etc.).
- CNN’s Coronavirus Live Updates
- Don’t Panic: The Comprehensive Ars Technica’s Guide to the Coronavirus
Emotional Health Resources
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Helpful Expert Tips and Resources (American Association of Depression and Anxiety)
- 5 Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus (American Psychological Association)
- How to Cope With Anxiety About Coronavirus (Verywell Mind)
- How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing (ScientificAmerican)
- 5 Tips for Staying Productive and Mentally Healthy While You’re Working From Home (TIME)
- How Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the Coronavirus Panic (Mindful.org)
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus (New York Times)
- Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety (Harvard Health)
- Controlling Coronavirus Anxiety (Psychology Today)
- How to Keep the Greater Good in Mind During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley)
- What Coronavirus Fears Are Doing to People With Anxiety Disorders (Washington Post)
*Note: This list highlights resources I’ve been recommending to anyone looking for ways to manage the emotional effects of the coronavirus. It is, by no means, exhaustive. If you see something you think we should add to this list, please let us know!
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