Don’t become paralyzed: How do you deal with the fear of Covid-19 right?

For some, it is just a queasy feeling for some more. However, the dramatic situation around the Coronavirus makes many people afraid of – just because much is still unclear and everything is in motion, such as Sabine Köhler explains in an interview with the dpa-themed service.

“We humans are used to interact with a degree of security,” says the Chairman of the professional German Association of nerve doctors (BVDN). “And insurance contingencies are not even protected.”

How to deal with the horror in the news?

However, in the current situation, many of these assets don’t suddenly disappear – trips take place, schools close, events are cancelled. How to deal with this uncertainty? The horror news just ignore it?

Of Köhler recommends you do not – also because it is simply. “It is currently hardly possible to escape from the flood of disaster messages,” she says. “This is of course useful, you have to learn, too.”

At the same time, the flood of images – sealed-off inner cities in Italy, empty supermarket shelves can also cause in Germany – especially fear. “Some people are not susceptible to it, others,” says Köhler.

Reality check helps

Before the fear to themselves or to members of a crippling, advises Koehler to a reality check: “what is my risk situation, how my everyday life looks like, with whom I have contact? And then also the messages?

The toilet paper shelves are really empty?“ It often helps to gain a better Overview of the situation and not to consume the flood of images, only passive.

Koehler advises, in addition, to obtain information directly from official sources, of the Robert Koch Institute or the Federal centre for health education (BZgA).

“The evidence and clear recommendations that you can rely on it – and then also again safety.”

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But what if it’s more than the vague fear of one’s own health or that of loved ones? Added to this is Yes, depending on the Job and living situation, other well-founded Fears: the self-employed or employees, for example, who earn their money with events.

Or working parents without day care centre or school, no care for their children more. “This is not hysteria,” says Köhler. “These are real, existential Concerns.”

Fear must not paralyze

Completely eliminate not, of course, but maybe better to cope with. “Fear must not paralyze, especially in this case,” says Köhler. She advises to take the initiative. “Parents can connect, maybe, to supervise children alternately, professionals can join with other Concerned and informed.”

It is important to remain in the crisis able to act. “We must not give up at all caution the social life together – this then promotes Fears only.”

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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