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Coronavirus: How to cope with the stress

Many of us are losing sleep these days—bombarded with news and information about the coronavirus outbreak. People are feeling anxious, afraid, and alone.

In this video, Raimund Alber, a psychologist working for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Hong Kong, offers three tips for how to cope with the stress during this pandemic.

Raimund explains the biological basis behind our collective panic and suggests taking breaks to avoid information overload. He also notes that while our survival instinct might push us to be more selfish, we can only get through this crisis by looking out for each other: “It’s not only about protecting yourself…. It’s also about taking care of other people.”