“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Infectious diseases, like any life stressor, challenge the way we cope. Whether we learn about them on television or experience them personally, we can feel upset, fearful and anxious as a result, both for our own personal safety and that of our family, friends, colleagues, and community. Stressful events can also bring up feelings and memories of previous traumatic events thereby compounding the distress that we feel.
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is one such infectious illness that currently poses significant risk to public health and we are all challenged by it. It is important to remember that it is normal to be emotionally affected by events like wide-spread illnesses, and that there are steps we can take to help us cope.