How to deal with the growing anxiety about COVID-19 which is deteriorating again
Remember that most revolutionary cases are proof that vaccines work.
Yes, some young and relatively healthy vaccinated people get mild cases of COVID-19, but remember: the vaccine was never going to stop people from getting completely sick.
As infectious disease specialist Monica Gandhi told HuffPost earlier this week, when the mad rush to develop a COVID-19 vaccine began last year, health officials were hoping to create one with a rate of d only 50% effective against serious illness and death.
“Even a poorer vaccine would make a huge dent in the pandemic,” Gandhi said, noting that the three available vaccines have given much better results than that.
So when fully vaccinated people have mild coronavirus cases that don’t result in death or hospitalization, that’s proof that the vaccination is doing its job. Before the development of the shot, the likelihood of more severe symptoms or even death was much higher.
Don’t put your life on hold.
If you’re feeling anxious despite being fully immunized, start with small steps back to school (if you haven’t already). Dine with friends you haven’t seen in ages, or spend time at your physical office if your business has adopted a hybrid workplace. Check back on dating apps if you’ve thought about it, or start looking for that new job if you put your search on the back burner last year.
“While doing these things may seem anxiety-inducing at first, those feelings should subside and people will start to feel more comfortable over time,” said Marney White, psychologist and professor at the Yale School of Public Health. .
Focus on what you can do to stay safe.
As Boateng said, “fear often forces us to focus on uncertainty.”
But you don’t need to be too scared right now because you already know what you can do to stay safe: mainly, get the vaccine, while washing your hands, wear a mask, avoid large crowds. if you feel it is necessary and share your re-entry limits with your friends and family.
You have the agency here, Boateng pointed out. Not to mention a hard-earned education on how to deal with COVID-19 threats, lockdowns, and all required safety precautions.
Whatever you do, don’t do the doomscrolling again.
Access to news around the clock is a curse and a blessing. If the constant headlines on the Delta variant freak you out, step away from that cable news channel or your phone if you’re back to your old ways of scrolling fate.
“Over-consuming information can cripple you with fear,” Boateng said. “Limit your intake to one recording per day or every other day. It can help reduce anxiety.