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People who follow the recommendations for social isolation and other guidelines from CDC and from Dr. Fauci are actually less likely to be as anxious as others who do not follow the guidelines of scientists and health care providers

 

I just listened to a wonderful webinar by Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer  (through the National Register of Health Service Psychologists) about grief and telehealth. One of the most important studies reviewed by Dr. Neimeyer revealed that the use of social isolation measures decreased Coronavirus anxiety by helping people feel that they have some control in their environment at these very difficult times. In addition, people who sheltered in place and did not go on a long-distance travel also demonstrated less physiological symptoms of anxiety about the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The above evidence is another very important reason to continue to listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci’s and the CDC recommendations for dealing with Covid-19. The more we listen to reliable, and valid objective scientific data, the better it is for helping contain the Pandemic, and the more we feel some control of our role in the process. In addition, if people experience less anxiety by doing so, they are less likely to get sick, have heart attacks, and also have their immune systems not so attacked by stress. 

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