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Pandemic Ripples- The Corona Fear Factor 
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Pandemic Ripples- The Corona Fear Factor

Fear spreads as rapidly as a virus and the word “Pandemic” ripples fear in everyone’s mind. Honest and clear communication of government through media is essential in containing fear during the pandemic. The government should also address people on how they can manage fear, anxiety leading to stress during such vulnerable days. Unnecessary panic and overreaction can emerge as a new threat to the existing threat of Pandemic. Fear transforms into action and manifests as fear-related behavior transforms into action. This fear-related behavior is capable of amplifying the spread of disease. Most of the deaths are aggravated by fear for people who are quarantined because of a pandemic outbreak. Increased psychological distress (Fear of death & Isolation) can lead to death. Fear related behavior can be individual or can be a collective responsibility to a perceived threat of exposure to a pandemic outbreak. One of the most devastating consequences of fear related behaviors is where one decides to avoid treatment centers and stay at home which inevitably accelerates the spread of the disease. The most common fear in isolation and distrust of the people affected by the pandemic outbreak. Shame, discrimination, and stigma related to the pandemic infection is a well-known psychological distress. Pandemics such as Corona in real-time can help in preventing post-traumatic disorder. Authorities must undertake measures to reduce the destructive effects of the fear factor and help the community to channelize fear to productive behavior. The role of a social worker during such pandemics is very essential and the government should capitalize on the presence of a social worker in India.

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28/03/2020 4.50 pm.

Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:51 pm
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