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How to reduce the psychological effects of isolation by Coronavirus Covid-19?

Inevitably, thinking of quarantine, remaining in isolation or taking social distance, implies modifying the routine. This is how certain concerns and ambivalence appear. On the one hand it is assumed that we must stay active, connected, alert, functional, and on the other tremendously limited in space.

The above, explains the psychologist Francisca Yuri Blanch, psychologist and director PAE (Student Support Program, Faculty of German Clinical Medicine – University of Development) added to the uncertainty, being hyper alert to everything that happens, makes us adapt to this new situation is quite a challenge. Since “although we know rationally that it is temporary, the uncertainty causes the warning signals to go off and can range from an adaptive disorder to post-traumatic stress,” says the expert.

Together with the PAE team, the psychologists Pamela Moncada and Francisca Yuri analyzed what some quarantine stressors would be that might be associated with negative psychological effects.

“A recent publication`The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidenced´ by the English magazine The Lancet, mentions among them:

  • Longer quarantine period
  • Real fear of getting sick
  • Frustration at changing task and event planning
  • Routine from routine change
  • Inadequate information supplies
  • Loss of economic control
  • Stigma of what it means to be sick

These elements impact people differently. Some of the symptoms that have been described are: irritability, nervousness and feeling of anguish and insomnia. Those who can evolve into panic attacks, panic attacks, anxiety disorders and in extreme cases, it is possible to find post-traumatic stress disorders, among others.

So what would be some strategies to lessen the possible psychological effects?

  1. Go to reliable sources of information.
  2. Maintain fluid communication with work teams to facilitate official information and group containment.
  3. Establish a new routine that adapts to the context, physical space, tasks and family organization.
  4. Activate support networks, friends, family. Online platforms are excellent allies.
  5. Ask for help. Today, technology allows contact with expert professionals who can provide psychological support remotely.
  6. Connect with the sense of fulfilling the measures of self-care and care for the other.
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