Everyone in this new pandemic time sees himself as unique in many ways. When there is a problem, it always comes with some useful lessons.
There are different lessons to be learned on the basis of psychological and behavioral health responses and different consequences of disaster events that happen in this tough time.
Those lessons include are the following:
Social media Platforms can increase more anxiety and stress than traditional media
If you remember about Zika Virus, Following the emergence of Zika virus in 2016 when it spread very quickly in different regions, Man-pui Sally Chan, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and colleagues investigated risk perception of this disease in the United States.
Their studies found that those people who read more about the virus on different social media platforms like Facebook or any other channels, their perception of risk increased because they are watching similar kinds of news and posts all time when they are on social channels.
Whereas when the volume of information about Zika increased on traditional media, on the other hand, people were more likely to engage in protective behaviors and start taking safety precautions.
In the current pandemic, however, the constant different kind of barrage of information on traditional media is distinct from the situation with Zika, University of Oregon psychologist Paul Slovic, PhD. And that volume of news can be a problem.
Too much media of any kind can damage Family Relationships
Amount of exposure matters too because the more you watch the more your brain thinks about it. In a forthcoming paper in Health Psychology, Silver and colleagues review research from past public health crises and describe how media attention can amplify distress.
After the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, for instance, she and her colleagues found a strong connection between exposure to media coverage of the attack and symptoms of acute stress. It is only because they are exposing themselves a lot to the media which ends up like this.
People with the highest exposure to media coverage had even more acute stress than people who were directly exposed to the bombings.
Recently on everywhere we watch the news about the Corona virus all where which not only damaging our mental health but also creating lot of different kind of problems with in relations with your loved one.
It is suggested to use your time productive, learned some new kind of skills as the world is already going in recession its the time to learn something new for yourself.
Use the needs of health-care service Wisely
If you start to experience symptoms and think you could have this deadly COVID-19 then do not go immediately to some pharmacy or hospital as you could pass the infection to others.
Doctors expect the majority of people who are victim of COVID-19 will make a full recovery without medical attention but It is unnecessary and a foolish act for anyone who has COVID-19 to go to hospital as the majority will have mild symptoms.
You can call them to visit your home and take out all the necessary tests.
Quarantines can increase the odds of negative outcomes
Psychologist Samantha Brooks, PhD, at Kings College London, and colleagues published a rapid review of the research on the psychological impacts of quarantine, primarily in adults (The Lancet, published online, 2020).
They found negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion and anger.
To minimize the psychological fallout, the authors recommend that officials should take steps to keep quarantines as short as possible, provide clear rationale and information about quarantine protocols, and make sure people in isolation have access to sufficient supplies.
Lack of control on Stress and Anxiety
As psychological research has shown for decades, It is proved that our sense of risk is driven by our emotions the more we get emotionally attached the more risk factor will be increased,
says Slovic. “We judge and feel risk by our feelings more than by looking at data and statistics and evidence.” While anger can lower one’s perception of risk.
Slovic’s research has found certain factors are likely to increase fear specially when a threat is new and unfamiliar and it appears everywhere with a bombing news, then people feel little sense of control over the threat, and when they experience a sense of dread.
“As we see in countries like Italy, this can become catastrophic extremely quickly, so we have to take it seriously,” Slovic says. “It’s uncertain how this is going to play out, and it is appropriate to be concerned.”
In other words, the new corona virus has all the major elements to make people’s alarm bells go off. That doesn’t mean they’re overreacting it means their stress level and anxiety is getting increases day by day for this we always suggested to do something productive and use your time wisely.