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Stress and Coping

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

You could avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumours.

If you are feeling concerned Muscular Dystrophy Queensland’s social worker is available for you. Please call us on 07 3243 9700 or email our helpline. If she is not available immediately, we will take a message and she will call you back.

Recommendations from World Health Organisation 2020 and information from 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html