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Last updated: 6:00 p.m. EST 3/27/20

Anxiety
 
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How do I cope with my coronavirus anxiety?

"Try to remember that anxiety is a blend of fear and hope, and see if you can keep the hope part in mind too."

What if I also have OCD or existing anxiety?

"All this attention to germs, hand-washing, or illness can bolster anxious thoughts on these topics, and so if you're having more of them, that's completely normal."

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What practices do

therapists recommend?

We took some of your top questions on how to cope with coronavirus anxiety and turned to two of our favorite therapists to get some answers.

What can I do when I feel panicked?

"You could spend all day and night reading headlines, news alerts, or tweets but this 'does not change your risk of getting coronavirus."

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Is my chest tightness anxiety or COVID-19?

"One common symptom of COVID-19 is chest tightness & shortness of breath. As it happens, they are also common symptoms of anxiety."

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How can meditation help?

"The first step when we get really gripped in fear is to calm our sympathetic nervous system. A simple way to do this is with long, deep breaths."

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Isolation
 
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What does social distancing even mean?

Experts weigh in on whether you should cancel your dates, dinner parties, and gym sessions.

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What is self-quarantine like?

"Getting lonely is natural, so also use this time to connect with yourself or call a loved one."

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I'm working from home—any tips?

"It’s important to socialize to compact the inherent loneliness and isolation you’ll feel while out of a traditional office setting."

Financial Fears
 
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How do I cope with financial stress?

"Think of ways that these economic challenges can motivate you to find healthier ways to deal with stress."

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Should I change how I save and spend right now?

"The most important things to do with your money during the coronavirus outbreak, according to 5 financial advisors."

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What if I can’t work from home?

"The remote work gap is just one way the coronavirus outbreak is underscoring inequalities inherent in the American economy."

Xenophobia
 
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Am I alone in experiencing xenophobia?

"I want to detail what it has felt like to be an Asian person in America since the outbreak of the new coronavirus."

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How are other Asian Americans feeling?

"Even a single cough or sneeze can trigger harassment."

For Parents
 
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How do I help my children stay informed?

Try this comic for kids explaining the new coronavirus, created by NPR.

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How do I manage my anxiety with my kids?

"Try to process any fears you may have before you talk to your children, whether it’s by talking to a friend, a partner or a therapist."

 
Additional FAQs

What do I do if I’m sick?

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) 

How can I find my local health department?

Use this tool to help you search for local health departments in your area.
 

What if I’m having a mental health crisis? 

If you’re struggling, know that seeking help is a strength—not a weakness. Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential support to people in crisis in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. 

Or: Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other concerns related to disasters, including public health emergencies. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

What if I’m having mental health issues abroad?

This list includes emergency mental health resources across the globe.