News alerts on Coronavirus (COVID-19) may make you sick as you sit at home in your bid to prevent spread of the pandemic. Life everywhere is paralyzed and there is widespread fear that hasn’t been felt since the 9/11 terror attacks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to nation on March 24, announced unprecedented measures to fight the deadly virus. He put the country on lockdown mode for straight 21 days, asking 1.3 billion Indians to stay at home and observe social distancing.
As coverage of Coronavirus related disease increases, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep your family and loved ones healthy, particularly when news reports about COVID-19 are becoming more widespread and are making people anxious.
Dr. Maroof Siddiqui of Advanced Homeopathy Clinic, Allahabad, says, “Coping with the stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. At this hour, you need to identify trusted sources of information you can rely upon.”
Get the facts
It is helpful to adopt a more analytical approach as you follow news reports about Coronavirus. Verify information that you receive from family, friends or social media. Discuss the news coverage of the Coronavirus with family. As parents, you can help allay distress by focusing children on routines and schedules.
According to Johny Ghosh, Social Media Manager at G Caffe creative agency, “Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.” Surely, people can maintain these connections without increasing their risk of getting the virus by talking on the phone, texting or chatting with people on social media platforms.
Remember, just a few months ago, the virus that is causing the COVID-19 pandemic around the world was not known, at all. And you are not alone witnessing the situation that the world is in today. Nearly a third of the world’s population is affected by Coronavirus lockdowns. At the same time we do not know how soon all this will end?