As we face such challenging times together we have provided a basic guidance for helping you to remain safe during these difficult days. Along with any advice we have provided we would also ask that you primarily follow your government’s guidance during this pandemic. We must all contribute in ensuring that we follow safe practices regarding our personal hygiene therefor not allowing the spreading of the virus.

Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak

Contact your friends and family

It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or anry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help.

Healthy lifestyle

If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle - including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends.

Smoking, alcohol or other drugs

Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.

Get the facts

Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website or, a local or state public health agency.

Watching or listening to media

Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.

Draw on skills you have used in the past

Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak.