As information about coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions.
Below is some helpful information and resources.
Please recognise that there can be a wide range of reactions and that over the next few days or weeks you may experience periods of:
- difficulty concentrating and sleeping
- hyper-vigilance to your health and body
- anxiety, worry, panic
- feeling helplessness
- social withdrawal.
Ways to manage fears and anxieties
Get the facts
Stay informed with the latest health guidance from Public Health England.
Keep things in perspective
Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage. Although you'll want to keep informed — especially if you have loved ones in affected countries — remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.
Be mindful of your assumptions about others
Someone who has a cough or a fever does not necessarily have coronavirus. Self-awareness is important in not stigmatising others in our community.
Adopting healthy hygienic habits such as washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, frequently, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (throwing this away after use) or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick
Maintaining social networks can be helpful, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. We also have access to a remote support network Big White Wall just tap in your university email account.
Seek additional help
Individuals who feel an overwhelming worry or anxiety can seek additional professional support. You can check out what is available via your Student Support and Guidance Tutors.