- Published: April 6, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, those who were exposed to someone who has, or is suspected of having COVID-19, or those who have traveled outside of the state, have been asked to self-quarantine in order to protect others. The typical period requested is 14 days.
But for some, this period of time could lead to feelings of anxiety, stress and isolation. According to the CDC, the most at-risk groups are older people, those with chronic diseases, children and teens, healthcare providers and those who have mental health conditions or substance abuse problems.
At its site, the CDC has specific suggestions for parents, for first responders and for those who have been released from quarantine, along with ways to reduce stigma and stop the spread of rumors. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has released a helpful guide about how to navigate difficult emotions during this time, along with resources for reaching out.
If the stress becomes unmanageable, several organizations recommend utilizing telehealth services to talk with a professional. On April 4, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an order expanding access to telehealth services in the state. The move allows mental health, behavioral health, family and marriage counselors to provide such services over phone or videoconference without an initial in-person appointment, or, for the practitioner, special training.