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All You Need to Know About Anxiety During Coronavirus Crisis

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The ongoing situation amid the coronavirus outbreak of the pandemic in the country is not only a physical hazard but is also taking a toll on mental health. Pixabay

BY SFOORTI MISHRA

A suspected novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patient admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital committed suicide by jumping from the hospital building. This is a health news.

According to the police, the deceased was a 35-year old man from Punjab with a travel history to Sydney. The man was admitted after he arrived at the IGI Airport on Wednesday around 9 p.m. after he complained of headache. He was only a suspected case.

The ongoing situation amid the outbreak of the pandemic in the country is not only a physical hazard but is also taking a toll on mental health, doctors say.

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People in quarantine due to coronavirus may go through boredom, anxiety, anger, restlessness and frustration. Pixabay

Such incidents affect individuals and society on many levels, causing disruptions. While stigma and xenophobia may be seen as social aspect of the pandemic outbreak it may have a long lasting impact on the mental health at the individual level too, Roma Kumar, Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Max Hospital told IANS.

Kumar said: “There’s a fear or panic due to the current situation. We are all feeling uncertain about what could happen in the coming weeks, as we hope to slow the spread of this pandemic.

“Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are completely normal during times like this.”

Kumar said that “this is confusing and stressful time for all of us and it can affect our mental health. Any rumour or speculation can fuel anxiety.”

She suggested that at such times where social distancing is required, people should try and keep in touch with their friends and family by telephone, email or social media.

“Involve your family and children in various indoor fun activities. We need to minimise the negative impact it has on our children and explain the facts to them.”

The doctor advised that people can create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after themselves. “Try reading more or watching movies, and exercise.”

She also suggested that people who are already suffering from mental illness, should continue their treatment regimens. She advised people not to indulge in smoking and drinking.

“Consider developing a plan for tele-health sessions with your psychologist. You are worthy of trust, accomplishment and love. Allow yourself to hear that,” she added.

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There’s a fear or panic due to the current coronavirus situation. Pixabay

Arti Anand, consultant clinical psychologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital told IANS that the results of an event like the present pandemic may be drastic on the mental health of the people.

“Anxiety, depression, stress, lack of confidence, state of confusion to name a few. People may suffer indecisiveness tendencies even if it all gets over. They will feel fearful, sad, angry and helpless. They will be scared in using public transport, contacting other people, walking on the road, even in following their daily routine like going for work.

“It is called post traumatic panic attack and may result in social isolation and clinical depression. They will not be able to believe that the virus has gone, they will think that it is still there or may come back.”

The doctor also added that people in quarantine may go through boredom, anxiety, anger, restlessness and frustration.

“If the disease is transmitted in their family members through them, they may feel guilty. They can also develop suicidal tendencies.

“Many people might find it difficult to go to their jobs and face financial difficulties to add to their stress level.

“Most vulnerable are the old age people. The fear is instilled in their minds. They are not socialising for example they are not going for a walk in the park out of fear. This can result in stress and loneliness.”

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Anand suggested some measures to remain unaffected from all these mental illnesses during this time.

“In many countries people are doing activities like meditation, following hobbies, reading and so on. These things can help negate the effect of isolation,” said she. (IANS)

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Amazon Plans To Unveil Full-Fledged Cloud Gaming Platform

Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. VOA

Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now.

The retail giant has been working on a game called Crucible ever since 2014 and along with that game, the company is going to bring another game called New World, which will be a multiplayer online game and will fit perfectly in the multiplayer game genre, reports The New York Times.

“The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games,” the report quoted Mike Frazzini, Amazon’s vice president for game services and studios as saying.

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Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Wikimedia Commons

“We have been working for a while, but it takes a long time to make games, and we’re bringing a lot of Amazon practices to making games,” Frazzini added.

When it comes to cloud-based gaming, Amazon will have to compete with Microsoft and Google. Both of them already have their feet firmly planted in the space, Microsoft with Project xCloud and Google with Stadia.

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)