The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has everyone in a panic as they prepare to maintain their health and take precautions to avoid encountering the disease. A decrease in mental health is expected as people become more terrified, anxious, and stressed over the unknown circumstances of the COVID-19. Everyone has began to take precautionary measures; some school have closed and moved their courses online, businesses are making preparations in case of closures, and even therapists are looking into the possibility of moving their practices virtually until the COVID-19 crisis is over. The concerns for school closures are the children who do not have food, water, or an overall safe environment and utilizes school as their haven. So, how do we prepare for the COVID-19?
How to Prepare
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you need to be aware of the signs and symptoms which may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include:
It is advised to stay at home when you are sick, call your health care provider’s office in advance for a visit, limit movement in the community, and limit visitors. It is also recommended to wash your hands often, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. But what happens when home isn’t a safe place?
The Cycle of Abuse
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States (which equates to more than 10 million women and men). The first thing that may come to mind is, “Why stay in such a toxic relationship.” Understanding the cycle of abuse is one answer to this proposed question. There are four stages of the cycle of abuse which includes:
Understanding the Impact that COVID-19 has on Intimate Partner Violence Survivors
The initial response to the COVID-19 is to grab as much groceries and household supplies as possible and stay at home. While avoiding public places and working from home may sound ideal, home may not be the safest place for people who are in abusive relationships. The abuser may use this COVID-19 crisis to their advantage and try and gain more control over their partner. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, here are some ways that COVID-19 can impact intimate partner violence survivors:
It is recommended by the National Domestic Violence Hotline that survivors should create a safety plan, practice self-care, and reach out for help when in need during this crisis. If you suspect someone you know may be in an abusive relationship during this crisis, check in on them. It’s important to know that you are not alone, and help is available.