Covid-19: It is natural to feel anxious when the world and one’s everyday life are as affected as by Covid-19. It is important to still be able to be balanced in their thoughts and in their mood. Here you will get advice and help for yourself and people around you who may need extra support.
1. Covid-19 has and is likely to affect people from many countries, in many geographical locations. Do not attach it to any ethnicity or nationality. Be empathetic to all those who are affected, in and from any country. People who are affected by Covid-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness.
2. Do not refer to people with the disease as “Covid-19 cases”, “victims” “Covid-19 families” or the “diseased”. They are “people who have Covid-19”, “people who are being treated for Covid-19”, “people who are recovering from Covid-19” and after recovering from Covid-19 their life will go on with their jobs, families and loved ones. It is important to separate a person from having an identity defined by Covid-19, to reduce stigma.
3. Minimize watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information only from trusted sources and mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts; not the rumors and misinformation. Gather information at regular intervals, from World Health Organization (WHO) website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Facts can help to minimize fears.
4. Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper. For example, check-in by phone on neighbours or people in your community who may need some extra assistance. Working together as one community can help to create solidarity in addressing Covid-19 together.
5. Find opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories and positive images of local people who have experienced Covid-19. For example, stories of people who have recovered or who have supported a loved one and are willing to share their experience.
6. Honor caretakers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with Covid-19 in your community. Acknowledge the role they play to save lives and keep your loved ones safe.