KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people’s mental health as well as physical health, according to doctors at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas.
Doctor Steven Stites, the health system’s chief medical officer, said isolation, depressions, anxiety, and loss are all mental health stressors. The pandemic and numbers associated with it are forcing many people to experience all those feelings at once.
His advice is to focus on science, not fear.
“The rules of infection control can beat fear,” he said. “If you follow those rules: wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands; do the things you hear us preach about every day, you can stay safe.”
Stites pointed out doctors and nurses protect themselves by following those same pillars while treating COVID-19 patients. So the science can protect you against contracting the virus, which can subdue some of the fear that causes mental health struggles.
Doctors at the university’s cancer center say they’re taking extra steps to make sure patients have support systems in place and don’t feel the isolation of the pandemic on top of their diagnosis.
The Rebound Kansas City is our effort is to help metro residents play a role in moving our community forward. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas to via email to email@example.com and we welcome you to join in the conversation on the Rebound KC Facebook Group.
Whether you're Getting Back to Work after a layoff, need help Making Ends Meet during these trying times or need tips on Managing the Pressure we're all feeling, The Rebound has resources to find help. We'll also make sure local leaders are Doing What's Right to get Kansas City back track after a three-month shutdown.
Need a job? Be sure to visit our local jobs board powered by Indeed.