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Your Well-Being throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Investigation. Recognition. Initiation. Acceleration. Deceleration. Preparation. The six phases of a pandemic framed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now guide how we do our work, live our lives, make decisions, and more. Each phase brings its own symptoms and consequences into systems such as health care, employment, education, social, and economic.

Well-being runs concurrent with the pandemic phases, often following the Kübler-Ross Change Curve and manifested in mental burnout, physical exhaustion, psychic trauma, illness, and more.

As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic phases, it is important to treat and address the negative symptoms of well-being that health care professionals and others experience throughout the pandemic and recognize these symptoms may be realized after we enter the deceleration and preparation phases.

One step you can take today is to use the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Well-Being Index. This video guide is a useful resource for understanding how to use the Well-Being Index. To start using the tool, Associate Fellows and Fellows can use the code fellow20 and resident surgeons can use the code resident20. As always, the Well-Being Index is 100 percent anonymous—your information and score are private and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS. Access for international members is not yet available.

New Articles and Resources

Leadership during COVID-19

Mental health care for medical staff in China during the COVID-19 outbreak Source: The Lancet

The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: Rapid review of the evidence Source: The Lancet

Grief Leadership During COVID-19 Source: Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS)

Mental Health Behavioral Guidelines in Preparedness and Response Source: CSTS

Supporting Families of Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19 Source: CSTS

Pandemics: Healthcare Emergencies Source: Chapter 18 in textbook, Disaster Psychiatry

Health Care Workforce Well-Being

We’re Not Ready for This Kind of Grief Source: The Atlantic

Managing Coronavirus Fears Source: The New York Times

COVID-19: Socially Distant Yet Never Closer Source: Society for Vascular Surgery

Wellness Wednesdays: A Community Connection—weekly lunchtime event to promote nutritious foods, healthy minds, and strong bodies. Hosted by: The University of Arizona Health Sciences

Disaster Distress Hotline, The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the U.S.