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I’m Not ‘Selfish’ for Talking About How COVID-19 Is Affecting My Mental Health

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At this point (late April), many regions are several weeks into stay-at-home orders, workplace and school closures and other efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the new viral strain in the coronavirus family that affects the lungs and respiratory system.

At a time when we have no vaccine or antiviral, limited testing capacity and many unknowns about the properties of this virus, these measures are our best weapon, and global data is showing they are working to slow the spread.

However, I want to address the many comments I have seen and heard that frame the negative effects of these measures as a mere “inconvenience” or only a matter of shallow selfishness.

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