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Dealing with COVID-19 Anxiety

Dealing with COVID-19 Anxiety

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting anxious is an adaptive and healthy response to the perceived threat. The problem is when this anxiety gets out of control and this is what is currently happening in our country.
To you, our students, this is to share with you a few tips on how to deal with the anxiety and fear that comes due to such a pandemic.
1. Follow news from trusted sources;
Avoid social media channels that fuel your fears and get updates from reliable sources. Since anxiety and fear can build from too much media exposure, you have to try and limit it since some of this information may not be accurate and only triggers more worries. Since anxiety is contagious, break this by skipping some updates about the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Focus on what is within your control
Anxiety overwhelms us when we try to focus on things that are beyond or out of our control.
We don't have control over when the partial lockdown will end or on market prices for basic commodities, but we have control over our ability to follow precautions and advice from the Ministry of Health. And now that you are home, you can keep away from crowded places to control the spread of the virus. Remember to always wash your hands with soap or use sanitizers.
3. Get enough rest or sleep.
By the time the University closed, most, or all of you were in a very busy period of the semester with lectures, assignments, and tests.
This is the time to rest. Research has shown that enough (good) sleep helps boost your immunity and thus preventing you from getting sickly. It also boosts your mood and thus preventing anxiety.
4. Exercise
Much as we are encouraged to self or social distance, you can still do exercise in your compound or house. You can also do a solo run around your neighborhood. This helps to relax your mind and improves your cognitive abilities such as decision making and problem-solving among others. This also helps put the COVID-19 worries at bay for a while. The objective is to minimize the amount of time you spend preoccupied with the negative thoughts around the pandemic.
 
Try following the above 4 tips to calm your worries about this pandemic and continue practicing the WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines.
 
Remember to keep safe.
 
Maurice Osire Tukei
UNIVERSITY COUNSELOR & LECTURER

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The World registers more than one million confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients

The World registers more than one million confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. The outbreak started in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020 and recognised it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of today 4 April 2020, more than 1,026,974 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 190 countries and 200 territories, resulting in more than 53,975 deaths. More than 217,433 people have recovered.

As of today 15:30 pm, 4th April, 2020 United States of America has the highest number of confirmed cases ie 245,573 cases, Italy has the highest number of deaths ie 13,915 deaths and Chain has the highest number of recovered patients ie 76,741.

The virus is mainly spread during close contact and by small droplets produced when people cough, sneeze, or talk. These small droplets may be produced during breathing but the virus is not generally airborne. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their eyes, nose or mouth. It is most contagious when people are symptomatic, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days, but may range from 2 to 14 days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is no known vaccine or specific antiviral treatment. Recommended preventive measures include hand washing, covering one's mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people, and monitoring and self-isolation for people who suspect they are infected.

Efforts to prevent the virus spreading include travel restrictions, quarantines, curfews, workplace hazard controls, event postponements and cancellations, and facility closures. These include national or regional quarantines throughout the world, various border closures or incoming passenger restrictions, screening at airports and train stations, and outgoing passenger travel bans. The pandemic has led to severe global social economic disruption, the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, and cultural events, and widespread fears of supply shortages resulting in panic buying. Schools and universities have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in more than 160 countries, affecting more than 1.5 billion students.