Health & Fit AMA president: 7 ways to keep peace of mind amid coronavirus fears and worries
China's travel industry braces as coronavirus outbreak revives memories of SARS
China's biggest online travel agency is waiving cancellation fees for trips to the central Chinese city of Wuhan as a deadly new virus sparks fear in the country. Local authorities in the central China city of Wuhan have delayed the city's 2020 Lunar New Year celebration set to begin Saturday, amid fears that a pneumonia-causing virus is spreading through the city. The decision Tuesday by Trip.com, also known as Ctrip, is one of the first signs of China's travel industry starting to respond to the new coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan and has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds.
As the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States creates uncertainty, upends familiar routines and shuts down our favorite places to gather and socialize, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and anxious about what’s to come.
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 20 years, I’ve helped countless children and families regain their footing after experiencing a disaster or trauma firsthand. My message to them is a simple one: Feelings of fear, worry and anxiety are normal. Give yourself permission to express these emotions.
Cruise companies MSC and Costa cancel departures from Chinese ports
Cruise operators MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises said on Thursday that they had cancelled departures from Chinese ports because of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. MSC said in a statement that no case of infection among passengers or crew had been reported on any Asian winter cruises. The decision to move the departure point from Shanghai to Singapore had been taken for the safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew, it said.Costa, meanwhile suspended nine trips from China that had been scheduled between now and February 4, saying the measure was "temporary".
I’m reminded of this message as I watch and read the round-the-clock news coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak and its ripple effects across all of our lives. But times of disruption can be used as a time to be laser focused on the health and safety of you and your loved ones.
We're all in this together
As the viral outbreak continues to escalate here at home, here are some practical tips for restoring what disruption threatens to take away:
►Feel your feelings. It’s natural to worry and be afraid during a major health emergency such as the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s important to remember there are public health officials at the federal, state and local levels, as well as experts in the private sector, all working tirelessly to limit the spread of this outbreak and its impact.
Man Denied Entry to US Over Temporary Coronavirus Ban
Those that have visited China 14 days prior to wanting to enter the U.S. will be denied entry.Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli confirmed on Monday that visitors who have been to China in the 14 days prior to trying to enter the United States will be denied entry.
►Channel your worry into action. Create a safety action plan for you and your family. Follow thethat we’ve all become familiar with: Cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of or more; avoid close contact with people (6 more feet apart); be diligent about washing your hands — warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and avoid others who are sick.
If you have symptoms and need to be seen by a doctor, call your physician’s office or hospital in advance so they can be prepared with proper infection control measures to help prevent further spread of the disease.
►Get your body moving. For those of us who suddenly find ourselves working from home, you can relieve stress and anxiety by carving out time in your day — everyday — to get in motion. Dance to your favorite song. Take a walk in a safe area. And when you’re done, pause and take deep breaths before you return to your scheduled activities.
US Travel Industry Feeling Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak
Visitor arrivals and spending from China are expected to drop severely.According to the consulting firm Tourism Economics, a recent study found that the U.S. is expected to lose about 1.6 million visitors from mainland China as a result of the coronavirus, which would equate to a 28 percent decrease when compared to 2019.
►Take breaks from the news and social media. All of us are inundated with a constant stream of information and “breaking news” about the outbreak, and our current media and social media environment add layers of stress on top of everything else we’re experiencing. Step away from the computer and smartphone from time to time, and make it a regular habit. When you return to the screen, make sure the information you’re getting is from reputable sources such as the CDC, National Institutes of Health and the American Medical Association, not just sources in your social media feed.
►Stay connected. The benefit of social media is that it gives us a common connection point in times of isolation. But there’s much more to staying connected with the friends, family and the people in your community. Reach out to those you haven’t heard from in a while. It’s OK to socialize from a distance. Pick up the phone and call someone, particularly older friends and family who may not be as comfortable with new technology.
'Overreaction'? Dominican Republic turns back cruise ship amid virus fears
A cruise ship heading to the Dominican Republic to disembark hundreds of passengers after a 14-day tour was turned away on Thursday because officials feared eight of those aboard showed potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, officials announced. © Ramon Espinosa, AP On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 the Dominican Republic turned back the Braemar because some on board showed potential symptoms of the new coronavirus COVID-19. A joint statement by the Public Health Ministry and Port Authority said the captain of the Braemar reported four Filipinos, two British citizens and two U.S.
►Create new routines. There is comfort in familiarity in times of disruption. Establish new routines you can stick with within the ever-changing environment we find ourselves in.
If you don't live alone:
►Lead by example. Show those around you — your family, neighbors and community — how to follow the guidelines while still maintaining your health and well-being. Be kind to others, try to understand people who are different and their unique situation, and practice patience when you are frustrated. Heading to the store or pharmacy? Ask others, particularly the elderly or those with underlying health conditions, whether they need you to pick anything up for them. Be an example for others to follow.
It’s important to remember that individual actions lead to collective impact. We’re in this together; no one carries this burden alone.
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Jean-Baptiste Guégan is expatriated "to keep a minimum of tranquility"While coronavirus wreaks havoc on culture and Jean-Baptiste Guégan sees his concert dates canceled. So he isolates himself at home while waiting for the pandemic to pass. A refuge that has not been in France for some time.
Jean-Baptiste Guégan had hidden it but it is now two and a half years that Johnny's vocal double has left his native Brittany. Seeing three of his Belgian concerts canceled, the singer had plenty of time to answer questions from our colleagues at. Like his idol, , in Tournai : "I hadn't talked about it until now to avoid it going around on social networks and to keep a minimum of tranquility. You know the saying: to live happily, let's live hidden. "
The artist with a double platinum disc therefore seeks calm vis-à-vis the media andrather than a refuge from the coronavirus. According to him, the Covid-19 provokes disproportionate reactions: " I think that one should not take risks. Avoid spreading the virus. But at the same time, you shouldn't make tons of them either. I feel like we are doing a little too much. We know that the flu kills more people every year. This last sentence is to be put into perspective, unlike the interpreter of Since it is written, specialists have revised their judgment and now consider that the virus, although not very lethal, was more deadly than the flu.
Always it is that the vocal double,, can have this technical unemployment to prepare a second album: " We leave in April to record it at Nashville. It will be released in late August and will be different from the first. ”And a project with Pascal Obispo is planned for even later. Confinement can therefore be good.
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