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The Psychology Of Shutdown And Reopening: How You’re Grappling With Restrictions




A Covid-19 update poster on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills during the COVID-19 lockdown on April 22, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
A Covid-19 update poster on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills during the COVID-19 lockdown on April 22, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Even though coronavirus cases have risen in California in recent days, the state is still tentatively on track towards (restricted) reopening. 

As reported by the LA Times, this is partly due to economic factors. But it also has to do with the level of restriction that people can accept in their lives, psychologically speaking. As it seems we’re settling into this way of life for the long haul, we sit down with a psychologist to discuss people’s reactions and the attrition of fear, as it must be balanced with sustained careful response to the pandemic. 

Plus, we want to hear about how you’re doing. Have you been able to maintain constant vigilance? If restrictions are tightened again, do you think Californians will abide? Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Diana Concannon, PsyD, dean of the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University in California; she is a forensic psychologist who’s worked in crisis response for over a decade; her research interests include disaster mental health and risk assessment

Dean Blumberg, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital