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Do you have anxiety about coronavirus? Here’s what a Pittsburgh psychiatrist says to do

PITTSBURGH — News about the coronavirus impacts us all and can be stressful, so Channel 11′s Angie Moreschi went and talked to a local psychiatrist about ways to help remain calm.

“I think it’s very human to feel anxious in a situation like this. The info is changing quickly on day-by-day, hour-by-hour basis. There’s a lot of uncertainty. There’s a lot of fear," Dr. Jack Rozel said.

His first piece of advice? Take a deep breath and wash your hands.

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“We’re trying to put resources in place knowing; if we don’t put them in place right now, we won’t have them in two weeks or two months from now,” Dr. Jack Rozel said.

Rozel works with UPMC at Western Psychiatric Hospital. He said other ways to reduce stress are to avoid crowds and wipe down surfaces that get touched by multiple people throughout a day.

“If you’re isolated, people can have problems feeling more anxious, more worried. Certainly worry about impact on substance abuse," he said.

If you are feeling completely overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, you can call the Resolve Crisis Center hotline number at 888-796-8226.