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Our Brains on Coronavirus

Posted Friday, March 6, 2020 - 1:14 pm

By Eva Ritvo, M.D.

What a few weeks this has been, as we all try to digest the news about the spread of the new Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. People around the globe are united in their fear. In my psychiatry practice and among my friends and family, the anxiety is palpable. The dramatic fall of the stock market is a manifestation of our shared concern. Most of us, even if only for a brief moment, entertained that we could die from it. On one hand, this seems irrational given that there have been fewer than 4,000 deaths out of 7.7 billion people. On the other hand, it is a window into our shared humanity. The death of one us impacts all of us. It also provides us an opportunity to see how our brains work, so we will be better able to understand our fears, learn to cope better, and make better decisions in the face of COVID-19 and other threats.

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