Doctors try to calm coronavirus fears, say constant talk is anxiety-provoking

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The coronavirus is spreading and, in some cases, causing panic for people who think they might get it.

Dr. Andre Newfield, the chair of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says he thinks the biggest issue is that officials haven't been able to test enough for the virus. He says the constant talk about coronavirus and its worst-case scenarios can be bombarding and anxiety-provoking.

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Doctors say the best defense is to check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest information.

Last week, the U.S. surgeon general toured the state's health lab in Rocky Hill with Gov. Ned Lamont and said the risk of getting the virus is low.

Newfield says to play it safe and take all the necessary precautions, like washing your hands

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