How can we reduce COVID-19 anxiety?
On Tuesday, March 31st, UBC alumni, friends, and the community participated in our first webinar in a COVID-19 series. UBC experts answered viewer questions and suggested ways we may be able to address our anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation was moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger, MJ'06, Senior Instructor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism; Senior Faculty Advisor to UBC President.
Dr. Steven Taylor, PhD’91 – Professor and Clinical Psychologist, UBC Department of Psychiatry; Author of The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the next global outbreak of infectious disease
Dr. Richard Lester – Physician and Associate Professor in Global Health, UBC Division of Infectious Diseases; Founder and Scientific Director, WelTel
Recorded March 31, 2020.
A note from Kathryn Gretsinger about media literacy:
"Always pay attention to sourcing. 'The Media' is not a source. There are trusted, high level journalistic outlets that provide fact-based journalism that is researched, reported and shared ethically and in the public interest. There are excellent independent outlets, trusted traditional outlets and public broadcasters. I would encourage people to reach for trusted sources...and even question those."
Links to helpful information referenced in webinar:
- BC Thrive app
- Canadian Crisis Help Lines
- Canadian Psychological Association Fact Sheets
- American Psychological Association Help Center
- CDC Tips on “Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease”
- WelTel – Scalable, Integrated Virtual Care & Patient Engagement
- Dr. Steven Taylor’s Blog: The psychology of COVID-19
- Dr. Steven Taylor’s Book (Digital version now available): The psychology of pandemics: Preparing for the next global outbreak of infectious disease
Other helpful information:
- Corona Spread—model for exponential growth
“Student Simulation of Exponential Growth”, 3 minute video with UBC Professor Matthew Yedlin (Departments of Electrical Engineering and Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences) made 6 years ago as part of his course with Professor Allen Sens (Department of Political Science) entitled “Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control”.
43 minute video recorded on ZOOM by Professor Jonathan Huppert, a clinical psychologist from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
- BC Centre for Disease Control - Food Safety