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Living With The Covid19 Virus

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Living With The Effects Of Covid 19

Here are some of the challenges we face due to the outbreak of the covid19.

  • Fear
  • Lose of jobs
  • Depressions
  • Discrimination

1) Fear

The mention of covid19 alone brings fear into our lives. Anybody who knows about the disease and how it spreads will tell you that it creates fear in them. You may fear that you could be infected or the people around you could be infected or affected. But again, how do we deal with the fear of the outbreak of this virus? First of all, When you hear about the disease, do not panic. Whether the doctor has run some tests on you or anybody close to you and it turns out to be positive, do not panic. Take a few breath and relax. Breath in.

Imagine it as any other disease and let the medical staff do their job in working towards curing you. By relaxing and not allowing panic attacks take control over you, you are likely not to make those close to you receive the news in fear.

If the person who is sick is suspected to be infected by the disease, it is advisable to call the emergency medical team and inform them about it. You can play a good role by helping the person close to you by telling them to relax before help arrives. This can be done while keeping social distance .

People in isolation centres should not be treated with fear. Giving them constant check up is the key. You can give them a call often to check on them and how they feel since you can't be reached physically. This is the moment you can use video calls and check up on them. Do not let them feel unwanted nor discriminate. By doing this, you are saving someone's life by preventing depression which is likely to occur.

Offer to buy them clothes, food or drinks and send to them. They should not be left alone. They are not the virus. It is the virus that chooses to live in them. Therefore until they are cured kindly help in fighting the fear which might be taking control of them. That could be you, your brother, sister, father mother, lover, any blood relationship or colleague and friend.

No More Working

2) Lose Of Jobs

Losing your job due to the outbreak can be life threatening. I know that there are people who lost their jobs due to the out covid19 . With that they have been facing many challenges especially if you do not have any other sources of income. Check on your friends and family members regularly more so those who lost their jobs.

This is a way of showing that you care about them despite their situation. If you can help them in any way, kindly do the necessary. If can be emotional support, financial and even spiritual support. Prevent depression which is likely to occur. Lend a shoulder to lean on to the one who needs it the most. Check on their children by giving a call or offer guidance to them should they need someone to talk to.

The Isolation

3) Discrimination

People in isolation are likely to be exposed to violence, stigma or discrimination. Listen to them if they need any help and assist them where possible. Provide food, clothing and emotional support to them. Kindly, do not discriminate anybody who is in isolation. Discrimination against people due to their financial situation, religious background, gender or even ethnic background should not be the case especially at the time of need. Choosing to treat somebody due to your choice priority should not be the practice.

As much as others may not be willing to speak out for fear of being rejected or discriminated, you should be in a position to provide help to the person. If need be ,call for assistance. Also remember that you should not try to help as a doctor if you do not have any qualifications as a professional. Reach Out for the helplines. People who are distressed should be easy to spot. Do not let them die in discrimination.

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The Covid19 Wall

4) Depression

Depression after coming to terms that you are infected or affected by covid19 is another effect of the virus. Not only is the person infected likely to go through depression but the people around the as well. This is likely to lead one to turn to drug addiction and other forms of physical and emotional abuse especially the emotional one. Talk to the people affected. Find out their fears and needs . Appreciate what they may be having and going through by walking with them through the tough time.

During this period, remember to put on your masks, keep social distance and use the sanitizers. Educate the others and share with them what they should do and assist the affected and the infected walk the tough time.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Millicent Okello

Comments

Benazir Marjan from Dhaka on November 19, 2020:

Thanks for sharing. Your advices will be really work out.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2020:

Many people are facing difficulties right now due to the pandemic. Your advice is well-taken, especially the last part about wearing of masks and staying socially distant. We can do this!

Millicent Okello (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on November 15, 2020:

I felt the need to spread the knowledge of coping with the affected during this pandemic after acquiring the online course. Thank you Eric. I hope you are ok.

Millicent Okello (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on November 15, 2020:

Hi John. Thanks for that. It is really sad to know that those affected and the infected by the covid virus suffer in silence. I appreciate it.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 15, 2020:

This is a real good one. You handled the subject well.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 15, 2020:

You covered the COVID situation well and provide good advice, Millicent. Thanks for writing this.