As the chronology of the pandemic lengthens, we think about both our physical and mental health. We have barely had a chance to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed everything in our lives, perhaps for months and years to come. So what happens to our minds when we are faced with a pandemic? Why do we panic to buy and store items? How does fear of a virus turn into xenophobia and distrust of others?
Today, Adrian Cheung speaks to Dr. Steven Taylor, clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia. He has studied how people respond to viral epidemics for years and published his research last October in the book “The Psychology of Pandemics”, where he presciently says that a pandemic is imminent. Taylor explains why we all react similarly and has ideas on how to fight our worst primary impulses in times of fear.