COVID-19 and Bipolar II: How It Affects You
No matter what age you are, or what risk factors you have for coronavirus/COVID-19, you need to worry about this pandemic if you have Bipolar II. What do I mean by worry about this pandemic? I mean do everything you can to slow the spread of the virus, because the more people who get infected, the worse off you are.
In truth this article could be titled COVID-19 and Insert Chronic Health Condition Here. That’s because during a public health crisis, the entire healthcare system is under strain. If hospitals are full of people with C19, they can’t even take care of you if you have a broken leg, a heart attack, or – yes – a mental health emergency. For all we know, almost every medical professional in the world is going to have to be on hand to fight this.
What Can I Do?
The World Health Organization has an excellent site for C19 information. Check it out. Here are some simple things you can do to help stop coronavirus from spreading, and help your fellow humans get through this:
- Practice social distancing. Don’t go out to restaurants, movies, bars, etc.
- Don’t hoard stuff, particularly medical supplies. If you have enough toilet paper and food for a month, just stop there. Other people need it too, and production of toilet paper is not grinding to a halt. You’re not helping yourself by stocking up too much, just hurting other people. Hoarding things like face masks and hand sanitizer puts our front-line health workers at risk of shortages, and face masks aren’t really useful to you unless you’re interacting directly and closely with infected people.
- Minimize shopping and other necessary trips- don’t hoard, but don’t go out more than necessary. Shop for groceries once every two weeks instead of every week, for example. If you can get your medications delivered, that could be a better option than going to the pharmacy in person. For doctors’ appointments, use video chat if you can.
- Maintain hand hygiene when in public by sanitizing your hands (if you can find hand sanitizer) before entering a building, after exiting a building, and if you’ve scratched your nose or something while inside a building. Even better is washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, so do that when you get home, and when you can out in the greater world.
The CDC also has a site about COVID-19, which is worth checking out for more information and steps you can take.