Are you obsessing over daily COVID-19 statistics?

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For months, the talk of the world has been the Covid-19 pandemic. As the pandemic escalated, authorities have closed down schools, stores, and workplaces to limit close contact. Major events and conferences were canceled. And working from home is now a new trend.

Every day, we see, we hear, we read, and we talk about the Covid-19. We engaged in conversations on the coronavirus, the conspiracy theories, the panic buying, the toilet paper fiasco, the travel ban, flattening the curve, stock market decline, global recession, etc.

Every time we log in to social media, it’s hashtag Covid-19. Besides, our WhatsApp chat groups are flooded with Covid-related messages and forwarded links. Not to mention, some of us follow the Covid-19 statistics day in and day out.

How many times do you look at the Covid-19 statistics each day? Two, three, four or five times? You could be doing it subconsciously. It becomes part of your daily routine. You unknowingly have become a statistics stalker.

It feels like the world is unraveling.

If you are feeling stressed out, you’re not alone in this. Many people have shared their worries and feelings on social media. Overloading yourself on information about crisis events like the Covid-19 pandemic can markedly increase your anxiety level, especially if you are self-isolating and fallen out of your usual routine.

Know the symptoms

While everyone can have different anxiety conditions and symptoms, here are some common symptoms:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Feeling agitated
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Excessive irritability
  • Tense muscles
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Panic attacks
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Excessive fear

These are just some common symptoms you may be experiencing. They do not provide a diagnosis for any phobia or anxiety disorders.

If you have been experiencing anxiety symptoms for a long time or feel that your symptoms are interfering with your life, you should seek professional help.

During social distancing, you can reach out to licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists over the phone or online. Plus, your local GP can provide you with suggestions and referrals to psychologists or psychiatrists.

Remember, it is okay to feel anxious. Take it easy one day at a time. Tough time will pass.

Additional resources:
Beyond Blue (AU)
Mental help (US)
Check Point (global)

About the Author

Ameline Lim, Ph.D.
Ameline Lim, Ph.D., is a research scientist and biologist. She received her PhD from the University of New South Wales at Sydney, Australia. She has broad interests in medicine, history of science, and behavioural science. She is particularly interested in science education and the public understanding of scientific research. Her blog 'Science with Amy' celebrates the pleasures of finding things out and general curiosity.