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DPH COVID-19 Update 12/9/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may be more stressful for some than others. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

  • Dec 9, 2020
  • News & Updates

Coping with Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic may be more stressful for some than others. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.

How you respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and many other factors. The changes that can happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways we try to contain the spread of the virus can affect anyone. Click here for more information on how to get help.

National Influenza Vaccination Week

The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. According to the CDC, it is observed December 6-12, reminding everyone 6 months and older that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. Make an appointment online today to get your flu shot here. Appointments for COVID-19 testing are also available here and additional information on NIVW can be found online here.