Corona Virus: Fear of Death and Disease

What is Corona Virus

A community of similar RNA viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds is coronaviruses. They trigger respiratory tract infections in humans and birds that can range from moderate to lethal. Any cases of the common cold (often caused by other viruses, mainly rhinoviruses) include mild illnesses in humans, whereas more deadly variants can cause SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. They cause diarrhea in cows and goats, while they cause hepatitis and encephalomyelitis in rodents. In this article, we will discuss the fear of Coronavirus.

Is coronavirus a new kind of virus?

No, it is not new. It was first identified in the coronavirus family in 2003.

In 2020 Coronavirus became widespread and threatened the World. So that people started feeling anxious about the disease. It became unbearable for people who already have death&disease phobia. This article argues about how the virus affected human psychology. And caused fears and phobia.

Worldwide Death and Disease Rates

As of November 01, 2021, the number of deaths of the new type of corona (2019-nCoV) virus in the world is 5,015,327 in total, according to the data. The most deaths are in the USA (766,299), Brazil (607,860), India (458,470), and South Korea (288,365) people.

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Corona Virus Fear of Death Source

According to the latest information, the number of people identified as carrying Covid-19 has increased to 247,480,119 worldwide. While 9,342,326 of these are located in the United States, 1,560,421 people are in the UK, 916,713 people are in Russia and 472,252 people are in Turkey.

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Death Anxiety – Infectious Diseases and Corona Virus

Humans have two most important fears and they are innate. These fears are fear of death and fear of loneliness.

However, these fears, which have a certain intensity in every person, can be a serious anxiety problem in some people. Fear of infectious diseases and fear of being sick are similar.

Hypochondria (illness) or Disease Anxiety Disorder (DSM-5) is one of the most common reasons for consultation among psychotherapy patients. This condition is related to patients who are constantly worried about getting sick.

One of the biggest features of hypochondria is that the anxiety of the disease gradually gets worse in the body. On the contrary, the concern of fast-acting diseases such as heart attack or suffocation is one of the causes of panic disorder.

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Decontamination Process

Although the rate of those who die from the new type of coronavirus is 1%-2% The anxiety it caused worldwide is massive. And it’s important to talk about this epidemic that spread around the world.

This can be more worrying for individuals with high anxiety and people with anxiety disorder. It is important to inform oneself about psychological diseases and phobias in all this.

Hypochondria: Excessive fear of catching a disease.

Agora Phobia: Fear of certain places, especially public places.

Cleaning obsession: Obsessive cleaning due to increased anxiety associated with infectious diseases.

How to Avoid Coronavirus?

  • COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
  • You should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible.
  • Once you’ve completed your vaccination, you may be able to resume activities that you had stopped because of the pandemic.
  • If you are not completely vaccinated and are at least two years old, wear a face mask in public places indoors. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with people who aren’t fully vaccinated if there are a lot of COVID-19 cases in your area.
  • Even if you’re fully vaccinated, individuals with a weakened immune system might not be adequately protected. They should continue to follow all recommended precautions, including wearing a well-fitting mask, until advised differently by their doctor.
  • Wearing a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of high or significant transmission is recommended for those who have been fully vaccinated to ensure the greatest protection against the Delta variant and to prevent spreading it to others.
  • On planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation entering, passing through, or leaving the United States, as well as while inside US transportation hubs such as airports and stations, wearing a mask is necessary. In open areas of a vehicle (such as on the open deck of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus), passengers are not required to wear masks.
  • Avoid close contact with persons who are unwell inside your house.
  • If at all possible, keep the sick person and other family members apart by keeping a distance of 6 feet.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • It’s possible that some people without symptoms could still pass on the virus.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) away from others.
  • For those who are at a greater danger of becoming very ill, distance from others is particularly essential.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after being in a public place or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not accessible. Rub your hands together until they’re dry, then cover all surfaces of them with a hand sanitizer.

Last Updated on November 1, 2021 by Patric Johnson

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