Talking with Your Children About Highly Stressful Events

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Managing Reactions to the Coronavirus The coronavirus (which causes the disease officially named COVID-19) has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), which brings feelings of uncertainty, fear and worry to many of us and to our families. It is important that we remain alert to evolving information about the virus and the public health response, but we also need to manage our reactions to the developing news.

Tips for Managing Anxiety Related to the Unfolding News

• Rely on trusted sources of information like your state department of public health and the CDC for updates.

• Do not fall for false information online. It’s very easy for inaccurate or even dangerous information to be shared rapidly on social media.

• Remember that local and national public health agencies have done a good job with managing previous viral outbreaks.

• Follow guidelines for avoiding the spread of any virus, such as hand washing, sneezing or coughing into an elbow, and staying home from work if you are not feeling well.

• Prioritize usual strategies for managing anxiety – use relaxation techniques, mindfulness apps, and exercise. Additionally, be attentive to the risks of stigmatizing others.

From the Riverside Trauma Center See: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/health_n_human_services/public/covid_19.asp

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