I’ll say this once and leave it for people to consider or ignore, but I can’t help feeling we’re faced with two primary issues (in the short term). One is a virus, over which you have only an illusory level of control (you will get it, but the odds are you’ll be fine), and the other is a mental health virus, spread by social media and media, which you probably already have, but over which you have total control.
Social distancing is vital in the former, but doubly so in the latter, the quarantining of news feeds, information, data, alarm, panic, depression and madness.
The effect of ingesting constant negative information, little that actually informs you of anything you need to know - but just confirms it - or worse still - just gossip, rumour, or political point-scoring (people who do this should be sent to the lower circle of hell), is something you have total control over.
Can you imagine what it would have been like in the blitz if people were being informed 24/7 of the advance of German bombers, the death toll, the yield of different bombs and chances of being hit?
Remove all social media apps from your phone, use an app like Self Control and block all negative elements for 12 hour periods from your life. Don’t watch the news or read the papers, do not spread fear and panic to others in the hope of making yourself feel better, or to young people, who are less able to cope.
Don’t switch off, just turn it all the fuck down, to a level that your soft brain can actually deal with. And what do you do with all that time you free up not being shit scared, cowering in the corner of your mind?
How about you do a course on skillshare or get a subscription to Masterclass and fill your mind with something healthy, maybe even read War and Peace.
Do something that means when we come through this (because we will); you will be better for it, rather than just a nervous wreck, jacked on clicks.