Coronavirus Generating Stress Among People; WHO Issues Guideline to Tackle the Same
GUWAHATI: As India prepares to take the toughest of measures in order to check the spreading of COVID-19 which has infected more than 400 people in India, people have started fretting.
A long period of isolation is indeed very important for India at this stage but it has been acknowledged that it could have a detrimental impact on mental health.
On March 12, World Health Organisation (WHO) had released a mental health guide where they had listed ways to cope with stress in times of Coronavirus.
“This time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support mental and psychosocial well-being during COVID-19 outbreak,” read the statement.
Psychiatrist Hiranya Kr. Goswami told G Plus that everyone needs to adhere to the instructions put forward by the government to fight this disease. He said that this is not the time to panic but to unite and be there for each other.
“We are counselling everyone who is coming to us whether they have symptoms of Corona or not. Earlier today, six people had come thinking they have the virus. We talked to them and calmed them down and once they stopped panicking, we sent them home,” said Goswami.
“There is no need to panic. We are at a stage where we cannot afford to even step out of our houses to save ourselves and many others. All we need to do is listen to the government and experts and do as they say,” he added.