Advice For Prevention From Coronaphobia

Fear of the newly formed virus in humans can spread faster than the virus itself. The virus itself may be a contact-transmitted disease but this nascent phobia doesn't even need contact to be transmitted. So what can be done to overcome this situation or not to have these fears?

The Corona virus, which is the cause of this difficult situation we are all in right now, was first detected in the Netherlands on February 27, and 2 weeks later (March 11), the epidemic was declared as a global pandemic.The universal spread of the virus, the measures taken by the states, the new rules and the feeling of uncertainty have caused anxiety and fear in many people. “How many cases are there in my country? When will I go back to school? When can I go to work? What if I have the virus? What will happen to my family? How will I get to the market?” Many questions began to form in the minds of the people. Knowing that we are safe by nature is vital. For this purpose, our brain constantly tries to make decisions about what is safe and what is not. If the situation to be decided involves uncertainty, our brain may assume the worst possible scenario out of survival instinct. Such thoughts can make us feel irritable, tense, restless, anxious, tired and powerless. But given the current virus situation, if we get carried away with these thoughts and don't do something about the things we can take control of, the fear of the coronavirus and its effects could continue to spread much faster than the coronavirus itself. So how does this phobia spread so quickly? We can explain the spread of this fear paranoia. A person who has this fear not only negatively affects his life and social life, but also makes unfounded posts on social media. The reason for this behavior is that they think that this information is correct and that it will be beneficial for them to know this information. Subconsciously, this behavior makes you feel like you are taking control of your surroundings and protecting them. However, as a result of this behavior, other people also share this fear, believing the same unfounded information. In this way, coronaphobia has the easiest way to spread quickly. The virus itself may be a contact-transmitted disease, but this nascent phobia doesn't seem to even need contact for transmission. And even if tomorrow one day there is a vaccine for the corona virus and treatments can be made, this newly formed condition, chronic fear disorder, unfortunately, it cannot be cured. By sharing this information with you, do not want to say that the virus is unimportant. But the fact that we are even less worried these days about cigarettes and alcohol, which kill more people every day than the corona virus, shows that we are acting outside the framework of reason. So, what can be done to overcome this situation or not to have such thoughts (fears)?

  1. Admitting that we do not and cannot know everything

Our subconscious always wants to make sense of what is happening in the world around us, to explain and to make predictions about the future. But right now, the most important advice given by scientists since the first day (washing our hands frequently, staying at home and maintaining our social distance) still remains unchanged. For this reason, after a point, we have to accept that we do not know everything and that we cannot know everything.


  1. Be selective

The influence of the media on people's actions and thoughts should not be overlooked. As much as the virus itself, the news we hear about the virus can feed our fear. Since technology has become widespread, people may feel as if what they see on the news happened in front of their home. This may cause individuals to feel excessive and intense fear in situations of danger. Take care to get the information from one or two reliable sources of information, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) that you have chosen for yourself.

  1. Focus on what you can do, not what you can't do.

In this process, you can follow the measures stated by the World Health Organization in order to relax yourself in the activities you cannot do, the measures you cannot take, and in cases where you have trouble internally. Thus, you can control your fears by taking all the precautions you can.

  1. Remind yourself of reasons you don't need to worry about.

Ask yourself, “What are the reasons why I should feel safe? What precautions do I take to avoid a bad outcome? Why shouldn't I be afraid?" You can counter your concerns by asking questions such as. You can question your fears to break the chain of negative thoughts. These thoughts, which you use actively later, will become automatic and will outweigh your negative thoughts over time.

  1. If you cannot cope with your anxiety, seek professional help early.

If you have a history of anxiety or feel you need help, consulting a professional may be more helpful in dealing with your fears. Owing to today's technology, many psychologists continue their treatments with online video calls.

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