Coping with COVID-19: Loving People Over Things
We are inundated every day with images of what we should be doing, what clothes to wear, what drinks to drink, what car to drive… All of this makes it very easy to get our priorities backward.
We know you have lots of questions and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak around the world. That’s why, as a trusted academic health center, we’re providing fact-based information, reliable data and the latest, evidence-based recommendations.
Those in quarantine should try to keep six to 10 feet of distance between themselves and another person, and avoid prolonged contact while in an enclosed space. They should also:
As the CDC explains: “Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.”
Unless you’ve recently traveled to affected countries or have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection, there’s no need to change any routine activities or behaviors related to the outbreak.
The CDC advises there’s no need to wear a mask unless you need to avoid spreading your own respiratory illness to others, or are caring for someone with COVID-19. Learn more about why you probably don’t need to wear a surgical mask.
In general, practicing routine hygiene etiquette is the best way to prevent the spread of infection:
If you’re seriously ill, seek medical advice from a doctor or emergency department.
Based on current CDC guidance, person-to-person spread most likely occurs through respiratory droplets between people in close proximity, similar to influenza and other respiratory viruses.
Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 symptoms.
Other groups typically at higher risk of infectious disease, such as pregnant women and young children, aren’t currently considered high risk.
The CDC continues to update recommendations for immunocompromised individuals and those at higher risk for severe COVID-19.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center mental health experts advise treating anxiety over COVID-19 the same way you would treat anxiety over any of life’s uncertainties.
They’ve provided a list of 10 tips to address coronavirus fears through mindfulness, reframing your thinking and using other coping strategies.
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