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A Few Tips To Help Keep Anxiety Low
The School Department met with other town departments yesterday to continue to review updates locally about the spread of the Coronavirus. A great deal of the conversation centered around our continued efforts to clean high traffic areas within our school (and town) buildings. In the school department, we have sent out additional classroom cleaning supplies to all of our schools and we are continuing to reinforce increased hand washing.
Another of the items touched upon was a caution against discriminatory behavior during such a stressful time. The following is from the Center for Disease Control on the connection between:
Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.
Finally, as news of additional confirmed cases continue to grow, it is important to keep unnecessary anxiety from building in younger students. Harvard Medical School posted a recent article titled How to talk to children about the coronavirus. Some key points were:
- Model calmness about the coronavirus
- Limit news exposure on the coronavirus
- Keep an eye out for reassurance seeking
For adults and older students, it is important that we are receiving accurate information about coronavirus. Misleading information found on social media and other internet sources can also raise anxiety. With this in mind, the World Health Organization has posted a Myth Busters Page on the coronavirus.