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Too much COVID-19 news could harm your health

Futurity, March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

Too much COVID-19 news could harm your health

While government officials and news organizations work to communicate critical risk assessments and recommendations to the public during the coronavirus crisis, researchers say a related threat may emerge, psychological distress. “It’s a public health paradox that has been identified during and in the aftermath of other collective stressors, such as the 2014 Ebola outbreak,” says Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine. … “There’s a relationship between stress responses and physical health outcomes that accumulates over time,” says Dana Rose Garfin, assistant adjunct professor in the School of Nursing.