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Coronavirus, let's be human and talk with our children
The HUNT for THE enemy. The supermarkets under assault. Look cautiously turned to a passer-by who mentions a cough, because it may be a potential untore. Insults flew in the air, with the words ferocious, hate, and more insidious than any virus, because someone dared to get too close to someone else. It happened in a supermarket close to home: an elderly lady wanted to take of the fruit and the two boys have said to move with a tone far from polite, it was blowing the nose could be infected, best to keep the safety distance. Chinese beaten, the last in a bar in the Veneto, because the “infected”. Fake news on coronavirus throw in the web (and not a few also on the general media) galore, words coming from the mouth and the buttons of those who virus, medicine, and science does not know an emeritus anything. Has anyone even attempted to speculate, or do profiteering posing as a health care worker to visit to make a buffer.

We lived, and we are living with all this tam tam on the Covid19 , from days. Endless days, days of fear, which slowly turned into a phobia. We have closed the schools, we were forbidden to frequent the public places to prevent further infections. Our life has changed, in a moment. And the panic, the collective has got the better of them. Why? Because what we fear we may not see him, cannot touch him. It is like an invisible enemy, that can coglierci by surprise, anywhere, at any time, at any time. All, therefore, it may be the incubator of that invisible enemy. So, we have forgotten the other. Selfishness is strengthened. We did stock up pens, to snacks on the shelves was over even toilet paper, forgetting that someone else could be in need of the same things we had need of us. We all looked in the war. At war with the other, though. Because in a situation of war between States, for example, the stories of those who lived through those times say that people helped one another. As you could have. At this juncture, however, earned him the “player who comes first”, and so on, all running to win the prize.

Which prize we won? None. We fed the fear and phobia . To have fear is normal, it is clear, it is an emotion that we know from childhood and helps us to stay away from the dangers, but when it turns into anxiety, which is a state that keeps us constantly on alert for fear that something irreparable could happen even if he has little chance to occur really, then there is something wrong. That you do, then? Let's go back to normal. Many have complained, even on the web, because they did not know what to do at home. The complaint is a bit of a habit, we know this: when you have free time, we will complain about missing. And now that we have, albeit by force, why not engage to take better care of themselves or get to read a book that has long remained on the bedside table? It may also be the occasion for a nice walk in the open air, enjoy the moments hottest part of the day.

Talk more with our children, who are home from school. We could make that call that we have postponed for a long time or do as some guys on the web have created videos to post on YouTube with the lessons of creative writing conducted by the writer. Great Idea, and useful. Or we could take the opportunity to do a detox from technology for a day. I agree with the thought of the headmaster of the high school Milan, Domenico Squillace, who wrote his children a letter in which he said: “One of the biggest risks in events of this kind, we are taught Manzoni and Boccaccio, is the poisoning of social life”. Here, not poison life. Nutriamola. Let's go out. Talking of other things, it's enough to mention the coronavirus. Ask questions, interessiamoci to the other. We ask how he is, how he feels, what he would do in the next few days of his free time.

let's go Back to the contact. Let's go back to the human. With this virus, unfortunately, we're going to live. Scientists and doctors will find a cure, a vaccine, or anything that can be useful to public health. But, in the meantime, we live, and stay human. Let's try to understand what he taught us, this time, in addition to wash your hands well whenever touching of the surfaces, or go to the environments and all the other good hygiene practices. We train resilience, as well, and take home with you a teaching that we can put to service if anything were to occur again in a situation like this.

*Professor Joseph Lavenia, psychologist and psychotherapist; president of the Association of National Dependencies on Technology, GAP, and Cyberbullying “Of.You”

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