Coronavirus pandemic: How is self-isolation affecting mental health?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many people are feeling stressed and are also adjusting to the limitations of life under lockdown. How can we best cope mentally with some of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak? Is it normal to feel anxious? And how important is exercise while under lockdown? We put all these questions and more to Jelena Kecmanovic, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University in the United States. “We really cannot directly control our feelings and thoughts… what we can control is how we react,” she tells FRANCE 24’s Claire Pryde.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

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    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

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    The United States is a country also known as the United States of America, USA, US or just America. There are fifty states in the union, which is a federal republic ruled by a representative democracy. Nearly ten million square kilometres are inhabited by over 300 million people. The majority of Americans speak English.

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