For Providers and Community Leaders: Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Document: "When the public learns of an outbreak of an infectious disease such as COVID-19 [coronavirus disease], they may experience anxiety and show signs of stress, even if the objective risk of getting sick is very low. Concerns about transmission from person to person may affect accessibility of social supports and reduce community cohesion. Although public health authorities are working to contain the spread of the virus, disease outbreaks are unpredictable. If more cases occur, members of the public may well become increasingly concerned and some may begin to panic. This stress is normal and may be more pronounced in people with loved ones in parts of the world hardest hit by the outbreak. Healthcare providers, community and religious leaders, and government officials all have a role to play in helping people cope effectively and manage their stress in the current climate of concerns about COVID-19 transmission. They can:  provide the public with accurate and calming information about COVID-19 risk;  help the public recognize signs of stress in themselves and their loved ones;  teach them how to relieve anxiety reactions; and  provide them with resources so they can seek further help if necessary."
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/