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Managing Fears and Anxiety about Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

As information about novel coronavirus (Covid-19) unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts,
feelings and reactions. Below are some tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective,
manage your anxiety, and maintain commitment to our University values of equity and respect.

What you can do!


    • Limit worry and distress by reducing the amount of time you spend on social media or news sites that are upsetting. Although you’ll want to stay informed—especially if you have loved ones in affected countries—remember to take a break from watching the news.


    • Keep connected and keep your daily routine. Going to classes and being among friends can help maintain a sense of normalcy and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.


    • Self-awareness and situational awareness are important to not stigmatize others in our community. Avoid making assumptions about students, faculty and staff from affected areas of the world. Reach out to friends and colleagues who may be worried about family and friends at home while also dealing with normal stressors.


  • Stay healthy. Maintain your healthy habits:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. And when you are sick, stay home.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Get your flu vaccine—it’s not too late to benefit from it. Students may still receive the vaccine at UHS.

If you are feeling physically ill, contact University Health Service at (585)275-2662.

Seek additional help if you need it. Students who feel an overwhelming worry or anxiety can seek additional professional mental health support at the University Counseling Center at (585)275-3113. Faculty and staff can reach out to Employee Assistance Program at (585)276-9110.

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