Ebola is a serious disease, and it has created fear for many. It is important to stay well informed and to keep perspective. Ebola does not spread easily, and the United States has advanced health care systems to deal with potential outbreaks.
Nevertheless, a recent poll reflects increasing anxiety about this disease threat. One-quarter of Americans now view Ebola as a major public health threat to the United States, a new Harris Poll/HealthDay survey reveals. At the same time, more than 4 out of 5 respondents reported that they don’t plan to make any changes in their daily routine because of the outbreak, and three-quarters said they’re still more worried about catching the flu than Ebola.
Here are key websites providing timely information about the disease:
- World Health Organization
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Department of Public Health
Managing Anxious Feelings
So, what can you do to manage any feelings of anxiety that you have?
- Stay well informed. Turn to reputable organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for the latest, most accurate information about the outbreak.
- Keep perspective. How real is the threat to you and your family?
- Limit exposure to media coverage. Keep up to date on the news, but do not monitor the situation around the clock and especially right before bedtime.
If you want to talk about the outbreak, find someone who is supportive and can help you keep perspective. Avoid those who make you feel more fearful or concerned.
Be alert to signs of anxiety:
- Excessive worry
- Feeling keyed up, restless or on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or mind goes blank
- Irritability and muscle tension
- Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or having restless, unsatisfying sleep)
If these symptoms persist and your own ways of coping are not successful, consider seeking additional support from your Employee Assistance Program. You can contact Claremont 24/7 at 1-800-834-3773.