Coronavirus (COVID-19): New Developments, Calculating Discrepancies, and Analysing Intel Stories

UK-specific numbers As of 17 April 2020: TOTAL CASES: 108,692. ACTIVE CASES: 93,772 PATIENTS WHO DIED: 14,576. PATIENTS DISCHARGED: 344. How can I check the UK numbers for myself? The GOV (2020) has recently created a more accessible dashboard at coronavirus.data.gov.uk. By visiting such link you will be able to access the number of totalContinue reading “Coronavirus (COVID-19): New Developments, Calculating Discrepancies, and Analysing Intel Stories”

COVID-19: Situation Report, Administrative Challenges, and What Psychologists can do to Help the Crisis

UK-specific numbers As of 10 April 2020: CONFIRMED CASES: 73,758 PATIENTS DISCHARGED: 344 PATIENTS WHO DIED: 8,958 Worldometers (2020) Are the numbers to be trusted? There is a certain ‘mystery’ with the numbers. For instance, the GOV.UK’s (2020a) dashboard has not been updating the recovery section of its spreadsheet since the 22nd March. This hasContinue reading “COVID-19: Situation Report, Administrative Challenges, and What Psychologists can do to Help the Crisis”

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Understanding the New Status Quo, Following Governmental Advice, and Interpreting the Numbers

We have heard the advice, but how can we interpret the information? Why follow the lockdown protocols? This article will clarify the coronavirus’ status quo. UK-specific numbers: CONFIRMED CASES: 47,806. PATIENTS DISCHARGED: 135. PATIENTS WHO DIED: 4,934. (GOV.UK, 2020b) What’s the difference between the coronavirus and COVID-19? The coronavirus is what people catch, and theContinue reading “Coronavirus (COVID-19): Understanding the New Status Quo, Following Governmental Advice, and Interpreting the Numbers”

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Brief: Protection Motivation Theory, Outbreak Appraisal, and Understanding Collective Behaviour

The world is in chaos. The coronavirus has accelerated at an unprecedented rate, leaving planet Earth feeling vulnerable and in a state of collective sorrow. Things have never been like this. Unless you are over 100 years old, you have never witnessed this level of transnosological danger in your entire life. Due to the panic-riddenContinue reading “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Brief: Protection Motivation Theory, Outbreak Appraisal, and Understanding Collective Behaviour”

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Base Rate Fallacy, Everyday Heuristics, Panic, and the Media’s Influence

The digital world is spreading the panic disease at a faster pace than the coronavirus outbreak. It is very easy to panic when confronted with sensationalist information. This is why analysing the situation closely is the best thing anyone can do for their mental health. Overview: So far, there have been over 244,000 reported casesContinue reading “Coronavirus (COVID-19): Base Rate Fallacy, Everyday Heuristics, Panic, and the Media’s Influence”