Harvard Business Review talks to David Kessler about "anticipatory grief" in the face of a global pandemic

In an interview on Harvard Business Review, Scott Berinato talks with David Kessler, the "world's foremost authority on grief," and author of Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. Kessler has also worked in a three-hospital system in LA for three years and served on their biohazards team.

You said we’re feeling more than one kind of grief?

Yes, we’re also feeling anticipatory grief. Anticipatory grief is that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. Usually it centers on death. We feel it when someone gets a dire diagnosis or when we have the normal thought that we’ll lose a parent someday. Anticipatory grief is also more broadly imagined futures. There is a storm coming. There’s something bad out there. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new. We are grieving on a micro and a macro level.

What can individuals do to manage all this grief?

Understanding the stages of grief is a start. But whenever I talk about the stages of grief, I have to remind people that the stages aren’t linear and may not happen in this order. It’s not a map but it provides some scaffolding for this unknown world.

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Top toilet paper manufacturer says it's rolling to meet demand

Described by the BBC as the "loo roll boss", Tony Richards is the operations director at one of the world's largest manufacturers of toilet paper. They are ramping up to meet demand, he says, and promises that there'll be plenty available should the coronavirus pandemic continue to deepen.

Many people in the UK have been stockpiling toilet paper in anticipation of isolation measures.

But there's plenty of toilet paper to go round, and capacity to make more - so there's no need to panic, says Tony Richards of Essity at the company's factory in Salford.

Filmed by Justin Oliver. Produced by Niall-James Convery and Chris Robinson. Edited by Dougal Shaw

The enormous toilet roll in the above screengrab is called the "Mother Reel" — I'm not making this up — and will be portioned into 10,000 baby rolls for the cleanliness and comfort of your anus. Read the rest

Wuhan coronavirus: Trump White House may impose travel ban on China

As the death toll from the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV outbreak escalates, the White House is discussing a possible China travel ban, reports NBC News and other organizations on Tuesday morning. Read the rest

Each Wuhan coronavirus patient infects 2 or 3 new people, scientific analyses show

“It is unclear at the current time whether this outbreak can be contained within China”

First Canada Wuhan virus case confirmed, more than 1,400 people worldwide now infected with 2019-nCoV

On Saturday, the government health ministry of Canada reported the first presumed case in Canada of a patient with the so-called Wuhan virus, officially known as Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV. Read the rest

Death toll in China from Wuhan virus now 41, with 1,000+ infected globally, 2 cases in U.S.

China confirmed an additional 15 deaths on Friday from the so-called Wuhan virus, officially known as Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

Wuhan, the Chinese city of 11 million where the outbreak sparked, is in virtual lockdown.

Around the world, 1,000 people are now confirmed infected with the new virus. Health authorities are working to prevent a global pandemic. Read the rest

Wuhan coronavirus: France confirms first 3 European cases, Hubei confirms 15 additional deaths

Europe's first three cases of the Wuhan coronavirus were confirmed in France confirmed on Friday. Two patients are hospitalized in Paris, and one in Bordeaux. Read the rest