The Opposite of Fear

Based on what I’ve been seeing regarding people’s reactions to the unfolding coronavirus situation, many seem to be trying to keep themselves out of fear mode. Instead of fear, they suggest to adopt a mode of thinking and being they typically describe with words like optimism or love. Stay positive. Don’t be afraid. Don’t panic. Turn towards love. Yet when you look at their responses and attitudes, what they’re really doing is one of more of these: Hoping that everything will be okayGuessingWaitingIgnoring or downplaying risksMaking claims based on mathematical ignoranceReposting debunked memesTrying to encourage others not to fearStocking up on food and toilet paperSanitizing their hands like a Golgafrinchan phone Is this really the opposite of fear though? Is this even moving away from fear all that much? I’d say that the opposite of fear is more likely to include actions such as these: Seeking to understand the situation more accuratelyGathering facts, details, and relevant predictive informationAssessing risksMaking rational predictions based on relevant models and dataIdentifying, defining, and prioritizing problemsDevising solutions to problemsImplementing solutions and lifestyle adjustmentsSharing facts, details, and actionable info with othersAsking questions to increase understandingCooperating with others to identify, prioritize, and solve problemsCoordinating with others to implement solutionsMonitoring chang...
Source: Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Emotions Values Source Type: blogs

Related Links:

CONCLUSIONS: There is a need to improve respiratory infectious disease procedures in our study hospitals, especially in outpatient and emergency departments. PMID: 32459978 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Postgraduate Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Postgrad Med Source Type: research
This study demonstrates the impressive measures academic orthopaedic institutions are taking to meet the needs of our patients by identifying a notable increase in new telehealth offerings throughout the United States with a positive correlation with COVID-19 disease burden. PMID: 32459409 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Am Acad Orthop Surg Source Type: research
Even with the relaxation of measures, pubs in the city are still likely to go to the wallTwo months after the Briton ’s Protection pub in Manchester city centre had to close its doors, the business’s owner Mark West doesn’t know when they will reopen, a source of frustration for him and his furloughed staff.The specialist ale and whisky pub, which has been serving the city ’s drinkers including artists and musicians for more than 200 years, is currently “haemorrhaging” money says West, who is using money from his property development business to support the pub.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news
Authors: Mitra AR, Fergusson NA, Lloyd-Smith E, Wormsbecker A, Foster D, Karpov A, Crowe S, Haljan G, Chittock DR, Kanji HD, Sekhon MS, Griesdale DEG Abstract BACKGROUND: Pandemic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is associated with high intensive care unit (ICU) mortality. We aimed to describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes of critically ill patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Canadian setting. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case series of critically ill patients with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection consecutively admitted to 1 of 6 ICUs ...
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: CMAJ Source Type: research
This study aimed to confirm whether anosmia and dysgeusia are specific symptoms among those who tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). METHODS: We conducted an age-matched case-control study in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec between Mar. 10 and Mar. 23, 2020. We included adults (age ≥ 18 yr) who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Cases were matched (1:1) according to 5-year age groups with control patents selected randomly from among all patients who tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 during the same period. Demographic an...
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: CMAJ Source Type: research
Cross-party group highlights new evidence on how dirty air may worsen infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution must be kept at low levels to help avoid a second peak of coronavirus infections, according to a cross-party report from MPs.There isgrowing evidence from around the world linking exposure to dirty air and increased infections and deaths from Covid-19. Lockdowns cut air pollution levels in many places, but the MPs said measures were needed to ensure it remains low.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Air pollution Coronavirus outbreak UK news US news Environment Science World news Politics Source Type: news
The chief executive of AstraZeneca, which is developing a leading coronavirus vaccine with Oxford University, said it is too early to deliberately expose vaccine trial participants to the pathogen, but it may become an option if ongoing trials hit a snag.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
Doctors in hospitals across the Chilean capital Santiago said on Wednesday beds are fast running short as new coronavirus cases spike across the city, forcing urgent care wards to make tough decisions with patients flooding the system.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
As the novel coronavirus tore through Italy and then New York in March, California, anticipating a deadly surge in cases, ordered hospitals to shut down routine procedures and called in thousands of health care workers to help patients.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news
During the calamitous COVID-19 outbreak in Italy in April, some doctors and nurses who helped coronavirus patients chose to stay at a hotel and temporarily separate from their families.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
More News: Blogging | Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Psychology