Nearly six months ago, in March, the novel coronavirus pandemic consumed public consciousness almost overnight.
Despite the fact that at that time, relatively few Americans had actually fallen ill with COVID-19, anxious consumers raided supermarkets and pulverized the toilet paper and cleaning aisles. Schools and offices shut their doors and went online. Grocery store workers and farm workers, always essential, became increasingly so. Within weeks, economic projections soured as record unemployment numbers emerged and the United States plunged into a recession.
Now, months on, over 170,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and many states still have some form of imposed lockdown. Healthcare workers, after months of battling the pandemic, are growing exhausted. Although the decreasing coronavirus numbers in LA County bring reason to hope, the county is still on the state’s watchlist.
Psychologically, it’s a lot. Many people are experiencing joblessness, have fallen ill, or haven’t seen friends or family members in months. Most of us have settled into the reality that the virus will be here to stay for a long time, and that acceptance can bring anxiety and fear. We want to hear about how you’re feeling. Have you found strategies to cope? What is your outlook like in this stage of the pandemic? Give us a call to share your thoughts at 866-893-5722.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255