Coronavirus

‘Coronavirus’ the word of 2020 you might say (and not for a good reason either…). Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first discovered in December 2019 in the Chinese provenance of Wuhan it has become a global pandemic, effecting and devastating many countries around the world.

Coronavirus is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (CoV) which comes from a large family of viruses that cause many illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-Cov) which was first identified in 2003. The -19 part of COVID-19 simply just refers to the year in which the disease was formally identified – December 2019.

Coronavirus’s are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommend the following to prevent infection; regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. They also advise to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing or sneezing.

Sourcing the right information

While we all know how important it is to stay informed, there is a fine line between knowing the vital information and overwhelming yourself to the point where it can affect your mental health. Rumours and speculation that sometimes circulate via social media and unreliable sources can often fuel anxiety, especially when we are dealing with a global pandemic. For reliable news sources and factual information we recommend the following:

BBC News 

WHO

The Standard

Looking after your mental wellbeing

Across the UK, the lockdown measures that were put in place in March including the closing of all non-essential retail, pubs and restaurants are slowly easing. As we prepare to come out of lockdown and deal with the ‘new normal’, some people may find the easing of the measures difficult to process. It can be said that the idea of coming out of lockdown for some when the infection rate is still a risk doesn’t seem right and could lead to FOGO (Fear Of Going Out).

If you find that you are struggling to come to terms with life after lockdown or simply want some further advice on how to cope going forward there are many places that are offering support, whether that be an informative page of tips to follow or an over the phone conversation:

NHS: Every mind matters

Mentalhealth.org

Mind: Coronavirus

Time to change: Coronavirus

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