If the outbreak can be controlled, cell infections have not yet occurred. Why do we unconsciously feel nervous when we see someone else owning a mask (and have a lot of inventory) and throw in the rush to buy the mask alcohol?

"Masks, wet paper towels, alcohol, dry hand washing are sold out!" 」

How many of these announcements have you seen these days? Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus (also known as Wuhan pneumonia) outbreak at the end of January 2020, experts, the media, the community is filled with a "snatching of epidemic prevention supplies" atmosphere, some people started a queue to buy masks, some one ran ten drug bureaus can not buy alcohol, it seems that the world into a panic, anxiety. (Recommended reading: The real situation of Wuhan City: "It's not just the city that's been blocked, it'sthe voice of the people"

But can't you buy a mask, is there really a risk of infection immediately? "There is no community infection in Taiwan, and the risk is very small, and it is not yet time to wear a mask, " said He Meixiang, a co-researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences who has been involved in the anti-SARS team. "The epidemic has not really invaded Taiwan, the people of Taiwan have panicked like this, in the future, if the outbreak really comes, "don't mess around the world"? 」

If the outbreak can be controlled, cell infections have not yet occurred. Why do we unconsciously feel nervous when we see someone else owning a mask (and have a lot of inventory) and throw in the rush to buy the mask alcohol?

"Everyone else has it, and I want to"

In psychology there is a noun called "scarcity effect", which refers to the fact that "things are scarce", the more rare and limited items, the more able to arouse people's desire to buy. Especially during the outbreak, there was a more legitimate excuse to buy for life.

Looking back over the past few years, there are also very similar rush-ups, these trends reflect the impact of the scarcity effect on human society, including Yimei thick milk tea, good city multi-strawberry cream cake, toilet paper chaos and so on.

Therefore, when the outbreak, coupled with various discussions and reposts in the community, it also created a rush to buy, forming a "mask mess". Fortunately, in the midst of the chaos, there are people who have returned to the demand level to think, and after the real-name purchase policy for masks has taken the road, a "#我OK你先领" campaign has been launched to allow those who really lack and need anti-epidemic supplies to buy first.

If you want to do more for this outbreak, welcome to the #我OK你先领campaign!

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Clearly have bought a mask, but still feel anxious what to do?

On the other hand, some people's sources of anxiety are not being able to buy masks, but are nervous or even panicked about not knowing how long the outbreak will last and not being sure how long they will have to worry about it. (Recommended reading: Epidemic Psychology: How to know that I have over-anxious during pneumonia in Wuhan?) ) )

Life is always up and down, feeling anxious is normal, but what if you're over-anxious and into "toxic anxiety"? According to Wu Ying's counselor's advice, toxic anxiety is divided into two types:

  • Extreme anxiety: Whenever you encounter a new situation, change, or an unfortunate event, you will hide in the shell like a shrink turtle.
  • Long-term anxiety: every day in the face of challenges are scared and unabashed.

Extreme anxiety or long-term anxiety actually comes mostly from mental stress, so before you address it, perhaps you should ask yourself why you think so. How do your thoughts work when you feel anxious? Do you think all the time, and then think more and more afraid?

Wu suggested that people who are plagued by toxic anxiety must learn not to let "unreal things" poison themselves, and also learn to keep their heads away from emotional poison. All you can do is put your attention back on yourself, to clarify and feel what makes you uncomfortable, to see that things aren't that bad.

Anxiety can't overdraw tomorrow's worries, it can only wipe out the power of today.
Charles, a well-known British priest.

We all know that the number of outbreaks and infections is on the rise, and it is perfectly normal to panic and panic. But at the same time, we should see that there are many front-line medical personnel, customs, epidemic prevention workers, government units, are actively engaged in epidemic prevention work.

At this moment, our only and need to do is not everywhere to sweep goods, nor to rob the already few resources left, but from the mood to the physiological, all aspects of good care of themselves. And believe that no one wants to be infected, no one wants the epidemic to spread indefinitely. And since everyone's goals are the same, why not believe each other, together to do a good job of preparation, together through the difficult times?