As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, so does anxiety. Health professionals say social distancing, frequent hand washing for 20 seconds with hot, soapy water, and staying at home if you feel sick are especially critical to protecting the state’s vulnerable populations.
Tom Starling, CEO of Mental Health America of the MidSouth, said his group has noticed a slight uptick in the number of online anxiety screenings on its website, adding it’s important to find healthy ways to manage stress.
“A lot of people are asking themselves, ‘Am I going to have a job? Is my health going to be OK?’ There’s a lot of unknowns,” Starling said. “I would just really encourage people to stay connected with friends and family. Don’t just text… but talk.”
Starling said social media can feed hysteria, worry and misinformation.
Photo: Many employers have turned to telecommuting as a way to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)