There has been a lot of panic-buying in various countries ever since people came to know that the novel coronavirus has surfaced in their areas. With the number of infected cases rising globally, many are fearing that they may get infected too and are doing what they believe will protect them from the deadly virus. But as most experts have time and again stressed, “Do not panic! Practice good basic hygiene by washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth and nose when you cough.”Also Read - Trending News Today March 11, 2020: Amid Coronavirus Scare, Amazon Is Selling A 'Cow Urine Hand Sanitizer' But It's Clearly Ineffective

The World Health Organisation had also stated that there is no need to panic-buy face masks, latex gloves or other extreme protective gear as no evidence is available on their usefulness to protect non-sick persons. It also said that the masks would be of a better use for people who are experiencing fever, cough and difficulty breathing, as it would help in preventing the individual from spreading the virus. Also Read - British Health Minister Nadine Dorries Tests Positive For Coronavirus

It is not easy to put the threat of the virus hovering over us out of our minds, but if we follow the simple steps like avoiding crowded places, maintaining a distance of at least 1 metre from any individual with the virus, washing hands frequently, covering our mouths while sneezing or coughing, and consciously remembering not to touch our mouth and nose could go a long way in helping us not to contract the virus. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Cases Rise to 66 Across Country, Centre Suspends Existing Visas to India Till April 15

And do remember, if health-related anxiety starts to interfere with your day to day life, stop and think, as worrying about it won’t help you. And if you do show signs like shortness of breath and heart racing, which are symptomatic of the virus, think again, cause you could just be having a panic or anxiety attack. Sit down and take a deep breath while counting for 10 seconds as you breathe in and out.

If you are still worried, do something that will distract your mind, and while keeping a track of the development, limit your exposure to the information coming in from various quarters, as some may be true and others not. Stay in contact with your support group and do not isolate yourself over fear of the virus, as having a healthy discussion about the virus, can ease your anxiety. Most importantly, avoid speculation and focus more on facts that are being provided by health websites like the WHO.