We’ve recently been faced with an outbreak of a respiratory illness known as the Coronavirus. The virus was first detected in Wuhan China a few months back but seems to be spreading rapidly throughout our states and other countries. Lately it seems impossible to watch TV with this not being the main topic of discussion.  Although there is a cause for concern and certain precautions should definitely be taken, we must try to protect our mental health and remain calm and logical in our thinking.

Don’t Be Over Consumed By Media

This recent pandemic has companies beginning to strategically come up with a plan to make money.   Over the past few weeks stores have ran out of hand sanitizer, lysol spray and most recently toilet tissue. These companies are profiting a great deal based on the public’s concerns and worries sending many into a complete frenzy.

While it’s important to stay informed do so in small doses to keep your anxiety at a minimum. Obtain updates as you feel are needed from a government resource such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as this will provide you with the most accurate information.  

Take Normal Precautions

If you’re sick stay home because like the flu, coronaviruses are spread through contact such as coughing, sneezing or touching.  Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly and keep sanitizer for convenience while out. Be certain to use a good amount of soap and warm water while washing hands and keep cell phones, countertops, doorknobs, remotes or anything frequently touched disinfected.  

Keep a healthy immune system by proper diet, exercise and rest which should already be a part of your daily routine.

Avoid Inflating The Risk

It’s natural to have thoughts of something so serious possibly happening to us.  The uncertainty of things can bring about fear and is usually what gets the most attention. It’s being reported that the coronovirus may be more deadly but the flu kills far more people each year and is much more common.

There’s no magic bubble that has yet been invented and most of us will have to continue in our usual daily routine.  Anxiety related to the Coronavirus is increasing and it’s important to be current on information. However, remain strong in your faith knowing that God has you covered and don’t allow yourself to become consumed with fear.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”