People are feeling afraid.
Afraid of getting sick.
Afraid of dying.
Afraid of losing loved ones.
Afraid of being left alone.
Afraid of losing their jobs.
Afraid of not being able to pay the rent.
Afraid of not having enough.
Afraid of the unknown.
People are feeling really, really afraid.
And fear is a little bit like a virus. It attaches itself to living cells and spreads relentlessly from one host to the next, causing immeasurable harm as it does so. Fear is dangerously infectious – and the realisation of that fact must surely lead us to search for a cure.
But is there a cure for fear?
There are certainly all sorts of things that might help us to feel less afraid. Things like:
- Facts: understanding what it is we’re dealing with.
- Advice: understanding what we need to do by way of a response.
- Provision: of adequate protective equipment and medical supplies.
- Reassurance: being told by people we trust that there will be enough food and other essentials to go round; being told that, in the end, this too shall pass.
Each of those things is...
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