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Fear of Covid-19 is a mental contagion

Panic brings out the worst in us. Instead let’s spread courage and solidarity. One can be aware of the coronavirus, aware of what needs to be done to minimise its spread – and we must do those things. But one should not make the situation worse with the negative imagination that is fear. For, like fire, imagination can create or it can destroy. It can make us act from our worst selves. That is what panic does. Panic is fear on steroids. With panic, sanity is lost. Ever since the virus entered our mental culture, it has become omnipresent. We have been engulfed in its world, in its fearsome power.

Fear of Covid-19 is a mental contagion – and that's something we can fight
The Guardian
Ben Okri

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