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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources

I’m having a lot of anxiety because of the Coronavirus. Please help.

We get it. It’s hard to sift through the messages and information coming at us. Worse, the “unknown unknown” (not knowing what you don’t even know) can cause even greater anxiety for those of us who are panic-prone.

What can you do?

1.Remember that knowledge is power. Understanding the factors that affect a person’s immuneresponse to COVID-19 will matter as much as, or more than, understanding the virus! Poor lunghealth caused by smoking, lack of adequate health care, suppressed immune systems, and/orpopulations particularly susceptible to infectious diseases, such as the elderly, have beenparticularly affected by COVID-19. Yes, there is risk, but for the vast majority the risk is notcommensurate with the degree of obsession and panic that media and social media coverage of thevirus has bred.

2.Don’t accept everything you read or hear. Keep in mind that news outlets are profit-driven and theage-old adage, “if it bleeds it leads,” can result in exaggerated reporting. Look beyond the numbersand arm yourself with information. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) providesinformation and frequent updates on the COVID-19’s spread, severity, risk assessment, etc. Tosubscribe to the CDC’s email and text message service, visit CDC Subscription Service.

3.Put things in perspective:•In 2017, nearly 40,000 people in the U.S. died from a fall in the home.•CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in 9 – 45 million illnesses, 140,000 – 810,000hospitalizations, and 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.

  • The fatality rate of COVID-19 is 2% — higher than the flu but lower than SARS (10%) or MERS(30%).
  • More than 80% of coronavirus cases are mild.

4.Get your emotional support system in place:

  • Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible; take care of your basic needs andemploy helpful coping strategies: rest during work or between shifts, eat healthy food andengage in physical activity.
  • Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks:
  • Have the emails and phone numbers of close friends and family at your fingertips.
  • Stay connected via email, social media, video conference and telephone.
  • Find a free online support group (see page 3 for a list of options).
  • Reach out to your local NAMI Affiliate or State Organization for information on supportprograms in your area.
  • Visit the NAMI Resource Library, which provides an extensive list of in-person and onlinesupport groups, and other mental health resources.


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