Social distancing is the most effective tool available in the United States to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, but mental health experts warn that isolation, combined with the stress of fighting a global pandemic and the disruption caused by the virus, could create a toxic environment for people with mental health problems.
Who could be most susceptible to stress during this crisis? The elderly, people with chronic illnesses, children and adolescents, health care workers who are on the front lines dealing with the virus, and people with mental health problems, including the use of psychoactive substances, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even if you don’t belong to one of these groups, this profound time of worry, separation, lack of social interaction, job insecurity and possible illness – or worse – can be difficult for everyone. PBS NewsHour asked experts for advice on how to manage the stress of living during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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