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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: How to cope with isolation and anxiety

We talked with a licensed clinical psychologist about the mental health impact of the coronavirus crisis.

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It’s safe to say that the coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced.

And it’s not just COVID-19 we’re afraid of, we’re also afraid of the lifestyle changes that the virus is causing. Bars and nightclubs have closed down, social gatherings are limited to 10 people or fewer, and many people are now working from home.

For a lot of people the isolation can be difficult.

Coronavirus in Florida host Allison Graves talked with Dr. Melissa Bailey, a licensed clinical psychologist in Safety Harbor, about how the pandemic and the resulting isolation from safety measures are affecting people’s mental health. We’ll also discussed some ways people can cope.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we plan to publish more episodes in the coming weeks. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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