While the world is losing its mind over the latest virus outbreak, and with schools/offices/regular lives being quite literally cancelled, here's a list of things you ought to do to not make things worse (than they already really are, seriously) if you're still reporting to work:
The numbers seem to be increasing by the minute and there are tons of unanswered questions, let alone fearing for our own safety and that of our loved ones - but please, please, don't panic. Go ahead and Google the psychological implications of panics and how they really make things worse - OR take our word for it and calm down. Resort to your favorite calming activities and spend time with loved ones to take things a little easy.
FOLLOW AUTHORITY [HEALTH & SAFETY] ORDERS
Whichever country you're reading this from, governments around the world are working to manage and contain this. For your safety and the safety of those sharing space and land with you, follow authority orders and let the experts do their work. Stay home if unwell, refrain from travel, stay up to date on the latest instructions, and encourage others to do the same.
DON'T MOCK OTHERS' CONCERN
It's a stressful time for everyone, and some of us might be dealing with this better than others. Whichever is the case for you, refrain completely from making light of the concern that others have of their own safety. Instead of making worried people feel inferior for the way they're approaching this, provide facts and encourage them to follow our DON'T PANIC advice. Maybe even provide some calming activities they could do to keep themselves busy. This is a time to be (extra) kind.
DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO SPREADING RUMORS
Follow these simple rules. Something is true ONLY if:
- it's from an official government account/spokesperson
- has been communicated in official news outlets
If it's none of the above, it's either not true or has not been confirmed yet. Don't contribute to the collective confusion. If you're not sure, don't share it.
DON'T GET LAZY, WORK WILL PILE UP WHEN THIS IS OVER
If you're of the ones still reporting to work during this period, make sure you're tackling any business issues caused by the impact and get regular work out of the way as soon as possible. If we'll spend most of our days socializing at the office trying to figure out what's going on with our colleagues, the moment this is over you'll find yourself drowning in work and the pace will definitely be faster. Focusing on your work will also contribute to less panic and less time to spread rumors.
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