Still afraid to leave the house? Tips for managing it Still afraid to leave the house? Tips for managing it

Find out which places have the highest and lowest risk, and how to go out safely.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a universal emotion was sparked in everyone: fear. Psychologist Monserrat Lacalle explains to Sinc, a science and health news agency, that this situation has intensified obsessive-compulsive behaviors due to fear of infection, as well as feelings of anxiety and worry. Those who normally had these feelings may be feeling them more strongly.

The psychologist states that this becomes problematic when the person magnifies it, exaggerates the real risks and begins to obsess, so much so that it is paralyzing.  In this case, it is necessary to go to a specialist.  Therefore, the idea is to opt for a more adaptive arrangement, taking into account health and safety recommendations. “Everything is new now…There are many things that we will end up internalizing because it will help us move forward,” says Lacalle.

High and low risk

Outdoor activities, which ensure social distancing, such as walking your pet, walking in the park or riding your bike involve less risk of infection. Different from agglomerations of people and enclosed spaces. Here is a chart to better understand it (Source: InfoCOVID19).

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