It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and nervous when thinking about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some steps you can take to keep your stress under control.
- Talk with your family doctor. Ask him or her what you should or shouldn’t be doing. He or she also may suggest ways you can help your kids deal with any stress they’re feeling, too.
- Wash your hands frequently. This will help get rid of viruses and other germs on your hands. If you’re not near soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains between 60% and 95% alcohol.
- Don’t touch your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. These are the locations where a virus can enter your body.
- Surgical masks are not effective at protecting wearers from respiratory illnesses like the flu or Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend wearing surgical masks.
- Stay healthy. Eat a balanced diet. Get plenty of sleep. Exercise. Don’t use tobacco products or alcohol to deal with your stress.
- Get your news from trusted sources. Make sure the online news articles you read are from a trusted news-based organization. Aside from your doctor, you can trust information from the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the World Health Organization. You can also rely on news presented by your local or state public health agency.
- Don’t panic. You can do this by staying informed and knowing the facts.
If you or someone in your family begins to feel sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Call your doctor. He or she will advise what you should do next. If you or someone in your family develops a fever, cough, and has trouble breathing, call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room.