What should mental health providers know about coronavirus (COVID-19)?

All healthcare professionals have a role in the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The American Psychiatric Association offers resources that are summarized below.

  • Stay Informed and follow reliable sources like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or World Health Organization.
  • Follow basic hygienic precautions, similar to those used to prevent the spread of other diseases.
  • Adverse psychological and behavioral responses to infectious disease outbreaks are common and include insomnia, reduced feelings of safety, scapegoating, increased use of alcohol and tobacco, somatic symptoms, and increased use of medical resources. Anticipate and address stress reactions.

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