Friday, March 27, 2020

Corona Fear: Dr Puri and Dr Daljit Kalra to take citizen calls

Corona Fear: Dr Puri and Dr Daljit Kalra to take citizen calls 11 AM to 3 PM
Phone-In Free Counseling now available for CORONA fears
27 March 2020

Pictures and Videos: GS Mann

If you are afraid of Corona, you can take a free consultation with psychologists over the phone.
Psychologists, Dr Ravindra Puri (94160 91610) and Dr. Daljit Singh Kalra (94162 89087) will give free consultation on phone to the public, in an effort to get rid of the superfluous fears related to the Coronavirus and about COVID-19 the disease related to it. The public can talk about their problems on the mobile number from 11 am to 3 pm.

Wash hands of children with love and not fear! - Dr Puri
Dr Ravinder Puri, a leading Psychologist, said that there is no need to panic or fear the coronavirus disease. One just needs to be vigilant. He warned the residents of the city that the atmosphere of the house should not be made stressful by talking about Corona on TV or social media all day. Instead, teach young children to clean hands by referring to hygiene and cleanliness rather than teaching them to wash their hands by horrifying the corona. Because this difficult time will be over soon, but if the child embraced an unwanted fear, that will be really very tough to get rid of.
He suggested that do not watch the Coronavirus related news more than two or three times a day. He warned that not everything is true on social media, so do not share it with family unless it is verified or is coming from an authentic source. Stay alert, be aware but do not be afraid.

Take care of yourself and family: Dr Daljit Singh
Dr Daljit Singh Kalra, another psychologist, has called upon the common man that there is no need to fear Corona, but instead, it is prudent to take some precautions and take care of your family. Such tragedies have come in the past but humans have overcome them with their strong will. Similarly, we can save ourselves and others from this disease as well, by following the instructions issued by the government and administration. He said that seeing the news going on, in and around the media in relation to this particular disease, many people get scared due to which they need to be counselled by a psychologist to get relief. For the last few days, there have been calls from people afraid of Corona, such persons need psychological help to get rid of this unwanted fear.

For questions related to psychological fears of any of your family members, do make a call on the above phone numbers. Both Dr Daljit and Dr Puri shall be happy to answer your queries.  

Here below is some additional and useful information:
The Coronavirus Crisis Is Fueled by Stress and Fear
High levels of stress and fear before the crisis began created a perfect storm.
Much has been written and discussed about thoughtful public health approaches to the current coronavirus crisis. Simple precautionary steps, such as frequent hand washing and staying home from school or work if sick, have been highlighted. The best available data from the CDC, WHO, and other medical groups suggest that while this new virus is more deadly than the typical flu, it is much less deadly than recent outbreaks regarding the swine flu, bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and so forth.

Certainly, these illnesses cause havoc for many, with ripple effects regarding just about every institution, organization, and industry in impacted areas. And vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and those with significant health problems to begin with, are apparently most vulnerable to the illness. Yet, this time around, the level of panic seems much worse than in the past, and much of it seems centered around psychological, rather than rational, reactions.
There is a confluence of factors that make this particular health scare especially challenging for the public. First, stress and fear, in general, are at very high levels. The American Psychological Association conducts a comprehensive Stress in America survey each year, and stress levels have never been higher.
People are also very concerned and fearful about a variety of societal issues, such as rapid climate change, frequent deadly gun violence, increasingly harsh and polarizing political discourse, increased economic disparity, and so forth. Additionally, major media outlets, as well as social media, in their various efforts for attention, clicks, and revenue, tend to shout loudly and report news in a hysterical manner. As the old journalism saying goes, “if it bleeds, it leads,” meaning that highly visual, graphic, and provocative news is highlighted, and it sells.
Thus, since the level of fear, anxiety, and stress had been so high before the outbreak of the coronavirus, when the virus started, it was a bit like putting a match to kerosene fumes. It ignited! Additionally, companies, educational institutions, and others are being especially cautious and trying to do what others do in an effort to perhaps avoid blame and act prudently.

However, as this current crisis unfolds and develops, having a heightened level of stress and fear can only make adaptation and management of the crisis worse. After all, why exactly are people buying so much toilet paper from the big box stores or avoiding Corona beer? It simply makes no sense to do so.
Hysteria in a population can emerge and be fueled easily when fear is in the air to begin with. There are many examples of this phenomenon. Perhaps we all need to take a long and deep healing breath, remind ourselves that the fear and stress which so many people are experiencing put us at risk for hysterical and panicked reactions rather than rational, evidence-based ones, and be sure to follow sensible public health officials’ advice about washing hands frequently and staying home if sick. The current crisis seems to be as much of a psychological one as it is a medical one.

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