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What Are The Psychological Side Effects Of The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Josie Taris and Amanda Magnus / WUNC

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States is growing every day. The stock markets are crashing. Universities are moving classes online. The NBA, NHL and MLB have all postponed or canceled upcoming games.

The coronavirus outbreak is upending everyday life as we know it. How is that affecting mental health around the country? Host Anita Rao talks to Dominique Hammonds about the psychological consequences of this pandemic. Hammonds is an assistant professor in the department of human development and psychological counseling at Appalachian State University. She has a private practice in Hickory where she works with patients face-to-face and using telemedicine.

Gina Chung also joins the conversation to share her sons’ experiences in Triangle-area schools: they were bullied about the coronavirus because they are Asian American. Hammonds looks at how this virus has led to racialized stigma and microaggressions as well as anxiety, depression and anticipatory stress.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
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