As we all know, this past month has taken a sharp turn on everyone’s lives. If we thought the world couldn’t get any worse, we thought wrong. Life was hard enough as it WAS (amiright?).
We are all shocked and even disappointed in how this disease is affecting humanity. Yet, this is not a situation we should let completely take over our minds and lives. In fact, this situation could allow us to open our eyes and come together to overcome the virus and be better people. I know that it is scary, but we need to maintain our calm first and foremost. Counseling helps and I am here for telehealth therapy. Simply click here to check the schedule.
Fake News (and Too Much of It!)
First off, we need to be careful from where we get our coronavirus info. Many “investigations” are being put out, but aren’t proven to be official or real. So, if you have a different understanding of the disease, check your resources.
As we all know now, COVID-19 is a dangerous disease that was discovered in the year 2019 (that’s where the 19 comes from). It is a type of coronavirus (originated from animals). The outbreak began in China from a ‘wet market’ where live and dead animals are sold side by side.
The assumption is that the virus came from bats, although those weren’t discovered to be sold at the market. The theory is that the bats infected the other animals. Bats are known to carry many other viruses like Ebola and HIV. At this point of publication, nearly every country in the world is already affected. There are only 18 left that are not: Comoros; Kiribati; Lesotho; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; North Korea (supposedly); Palau; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Solomon Islands; South Sudan; Tajikistan; Tonga; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Vanuatu, Yemen.
Symptoms and Precautions
The top 3 symptoms we need to look out for are:
- Shortness of breath
Note: As we are finding out, not everyone experiences the exact same symptoms, some may not at all and still be a carrier. It is important to contact your doctor with questions.
If you feel any of these symptoms, try to contact your primary care doctor with a telehealth call. Note: these symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure.
If you are feeling healthy, don’t get too comfortable. Taking these precautions is necessary for everyone:
- Stay away from people
- Wash your hands
- Use hand sanitizer
- Do not touch face with unwashed hands
- Stay home (especially if you are sick)
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Wear facemasks (especially when sick)
- Clean and disinfect anything and everything
To Our Future Generations
By now, we all know that schools for kids, teens and young adults are being closed. Most are switching to online classes, which is great. But let’s be real. I’m pretty sure every family out there is concerned mainly for the kiddos. The best thing to do is educate them to sanitary conditions and explain the virus the best way possible. We do not want to scare our children.
So far, the in-class experience has been taken away and it will possibly affect education a lot, especially to those who don’t have computer/internet access. It may back us up a lot in that aspect. And, events and social interactions also have been taken away. The young ones will be “locked up” and unable to interact with their peers. For the love of them, we need to check up on them as much as possible. Especially if we know they are already going through mental health struggles.
Telehealth Counseling at Peek Counseling
Gladly, we have great technology that will cover most of your worries. Setting up telehealth appointments will be our only safe option nowadays. Telehealth grants you the benefit of accessing health care digitally. This is the best way to use technical advancement, especially in these situations. These benefits will definitely become more needed as the coronavirus situation takes over.
My best advice for everyone is to stay safe and do whatever it takes to bring peace to your mind. Know that you are not alone. Don’t let the media/news get the best of you and your full attention. Peek Counseling is here for you.