While we continue to adapt to sustain and attempt to survive this pandemic, community health is significantly impacted by abnormally elevated levels of anxiety. In this small toolkit, we aim to address the emotional responses to surviving the global pandemic, identifying risk factors, interventional coping skills and provide a template for a COVID-19 action plan.
FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE OUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Chronic exposure to stressors and a consistent experience of distress have been common experiences during the pandemic
ANXIETY OF CONTRACTING COVID
Of people didn't know about the testing procedures in their locality.
(According to a survey conducted for the purpose of this toolkit.)
The anxiety about contracting COVID19 is particularly high in the elderly and those with elderly parents, those with compromised immune function and preexisting medical conditions, those with substance use problems and those in compromised living and socio-economic conditions. Resources for psychoeducation and psychosocial support are available but not necessarily congruent with every community’s needs.
An expected fear of contracting COVID19 is rampant. However, the emotional distress is amplified by uncertainty about the development of a vaccine, exposure to numbers and news about the pandemic, the frequent changes in symptoms, leadership failures and poor governance, socio-economic anxiety about the cost of treatment, accessibility to resources and clarity about the right steps required while approaching treatment.