With recent news and articles left, right and centre, those of us who are chronically ill are in a state of panic, anxiety and fear.
The World Health Organisation and the NHS are the two BEST and most RELIABLE sources of information regarding the coronavirus also known as covid-19. There are many newspapers and online articles publishing unreliable information to the public through social media world wide.
So what is the advice given?
- Avoid close contact with people out of your home
- Wash your hands after touching anything even in your home
- Using hand sanitizer in between washing your hands
- If you are to cough or sneeze then please do so in a tissue
- Wearing a mask doesn’t protect you 100% as these germs live in your nose but you can still wear one
- If you have a high fever and/or cough with breathing difficulty then you MUST self isolate for 7 days
- DO NOT go to your GP practice if you are experiencing a high fever and/or cough
- Stay calm and keep in contact with friends and family through your phone and social media
- If you are mentally struggling to call someone who can help over the phone.
- Only go to A and E in the case of an emergency
It is so difficult for all of us who are chronically ill at the moment, more so because of how the media and people are reacting. It’s normal to feel scared and anxious as we do with any virus or bugs.
It is also difficult for all of the NHS staff who also have the fear and anxiety even in situations similar to this with treating patients with TB, HIV, AIDS and other infectious diseases. This is why we MUST follow their advice – they do this day in, day out throughout their training, placements and career to protect themselves from viruses and diseases on a daily basis.
I cannot emphasise just how important it is not to pay attention to click bait articles online. As stated at the start of this blog post – World Health Organisation and the NHS are the most important organisations for advice and updates.
If you are struggling mentally take some time to unfollow news article pages on your social media, if you find people on your social media are posting too much then take a break and some time out away from social media, you can speak to people through facebook messenger as normal or there is also whatsapp, Skype, facetime, discord and various other apps that are free to download onto many mobile devices and computers/tablets/iPads.
I hope anyone that has been affected directly by covid-19 recover and those that have been indirectly affected are OK and know that you are not alone.