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News about COVID-19 is dominating media sources across the world. While it is important to stay informed about COVID-19, the amount of information and attention on this topic can increase stress and anxiety. There are several strategies that can be used to stay informed without becoming overwhelmed.
Stay up-to-date on accurate information from legitimate sources.
It is important to stay informed about COVID-19 in order to take action in reducing its spread; however, the mass of information circulating through social media and other media channels can be overwhelming. A lot of information is disseminated about COVID-19 every day, but not all of it is accurate. Seek information from credible and reliable sources that can be trusted, such as this website or those from other credible, governmental health authorities, such as Health Canada or Public Health Ontario.
Limit media consumption.
Limiting media consumption can help to avoid increased feelings of stress or anxiety. Try to check in with media sources only once or twice per day and avoid watching or listening to media that may cause stress, anxiety, or fear. Instead, schedule enough time for activities that do not involve screens or technology, such as crafts, gardening, or reading.