KANSAS CITY, MO. – The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting both people’s mental and physical health, according to doctors at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas.
Health system chief doctor Steven Stites said isolation, depression, anxiety and loss are all psychological stressors. The pandemic and associated numbers force many people to experience all these feelings at the same time.
His advice is to focus on the science, not the fear.
“The rules of infection control can overcome fear,” he said. “If you follow these rules: wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands; If you do the things you hear us preach about every day, you can stay safe. “
Stites pointed out that doctors and nurses protect themselves by following the same pillars when treating COVID-19 patients. So science can protect you from contracting the virus, which can suppress some of the fear that causes mental health problems.
Doctors at the university’s cancer center say they are taking additional steps to ensure patients have support systems and do not feel the isolation of the pandemic in addition to their diagnosis.
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