Hi Feeler (and everyone else)
Thank you for your post. I must say just before I read your post, I too read what is happening and it left me feeling vulnerable. So I understand how you are feeling.
What can we do now to manage the thoughts that are rushing through our heads, the things we cannot control. I really don't know how to remain positive, but as I sit here writing this post my mind turns to what I need to do next.
Acknowledge what is happening is real, is going to increase in severity (as they tell us the crisis point is not yet reached here in Australia)
Accept it is happening and accept the things we can do to individually remain safe. I.e. - do as the authorities are telling us, don't go out unless you have too for essential items. If you are in the at risk category - seek assistance to have your groceries, pharmaceuticals and other essentials delivered. Each state has a help page on their government site to give you an idea about who to call or to send a message online.
Let go of that which you have no control. For me this is allowing myself to cry and to grieve for - the loss of life; those brave people putting their own lives at risk each day; those who have lost loved ones. This process takes some time and doesn't hit me all at once. But when it does I let it be, acknowledge and accept it for what it is. Grief.
Reduce the fear. That's a hard one for me - I'm in the at risk group (over 65, asthmatic, overweight) however to date I still venture out to do weekly shopping. I need to otherwise I'll go nuts. I take precautions. Made my own hand sanitiser that I obsessively use when I'm out. To help me reduce that fear I've returned to the forums to help others. It diverts my thinking about the what ifs for myself, helps me to become a little more positive.
Sorry if I'm repeating what others have said before, but I needed to vent after reading this morning's article. (Ugh - I usually avoid doing that, but I thought, just a quick peek at the headlines. Then the one you are probably referring to caught my eye so had to read it.....blah.)