Where can I get more information?
There is a lot of information being reported on the coronavirus from a variety of sources. Some media outlets are using scientific and medical sources, but others are relying on personal opinions. Receiving false or exaggerated information may increase your anxiety.
It is important to get information from credible sources that are relying on the latest research. Consider seeking your information from places like the:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
For more information on how to help you and your family cope with coronavirus anxiety, see tips from the following places:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
If you’re having a hard time dealing with your anxiety, you can also reach out to SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline. You can reach a trained counselor by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746. The helpline is available 24/7 and provides confidential crisis counseling.
If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. The lifeline offers free and confidential support. It is available 24/7 and provides services to anyone who speaks Spanish or is deaf or hard of hearing.
The bottom line
COVID-19 is a complex condition that is not yet fully understood. What we do know is that it can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe, and in some cases can lead to death. You can reduce the likelihood of developing the virus by washing your hands often and avoiding anyone who is ill.
Be prepared and take action to prevent the coronavirus, but avoid panicking about the situation. If you find yourself experiencing significant worry that interferes with your ability to eat, sleep, work, or keep up with your responsibilities, then take action to reduce your anxiety.
This article originally appeared on GoodRx.com
Emily Guarnotta, PsyD
Licensed psychologist in New York who works with a variety of mental health conditions. She also founded themindfulmommy.com, a resource for expecting and new parents and writes for Good Rx