These are difficult times. Experts had been warning us for some time now, it would only be a matter of time before a pandemic like the Coronavirus would arrive. The world’s population keeps growing and its mobility makes what used to be far away so much more accessible. The world we live in today is a much smaller place and with so many more people in it the likelihood of the COVID-19 pandemic we are witnessing today was a matter of inevitability. The experts tell us not to panic but how hard it is not to think about it when considering the devastation it has wrought so far on the world’s economies, transportation, and commerce industries, not to mention the health and safety of billions of people. How hard it is not to think about it when the latest news floods the channels of broadcast media each and every moment of the day and night. How seriously should we take these news announcements and how do we cope with the reality of a truly serious world situation? Anxiety about a pandemic can be more contagious than the disease itself!
First of all, experts tell us not to panic. Easier said than done. Here are some tips on how to cope with the anxiety that has gripped much of the world population as we continue to learn more about this new virus every day:
Posted by Robert Hamm, Ph.D.
Robert Hamm Ph.D