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The Global Times reports the coronavirus could cause divorce rates to rise. With the outbreak locking down families, relationships are suffering. Discord and confinement are 2 of the top 3 reasons for divorce. Mostly, it’s an impulse, but it could break a family in half.

The US has more than 5,000 cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. If you have any signs of the virus, health professionals recommend you stay at home. Not only do they want you to stay at home, but they also suggest isolating yourself from other people in the house.

The coronavirus is dangerous, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better, unfortunately. It’s time to prepare ourselves for hard times. I hate to say it, but many of us will lose at least one of our loved ones to this deadly disease.

So far, the Department of Health reports the count of infected people has risen from 456 to 596 in just a few days. Of that number, ten people have died after testing positive for COVID-19. But this is not the only way we will lose someone we love. 

Being Confined is Highly Stressful

“Quarantine is stressful—a review of the evidence published in The Lancet indicates that quarantine can have negative psychological effects including anger, confusion and in some cases, post-traumatic stress symptoms,” David Cates, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and director of behavioral health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, told Newsweek.

Cates says it’s normal to have a specific “ratio of positive to negative interactions.” If a couple has at least five good things to say about their partner to every one bad thing, they are doing okay.

If couples are going to get through the pandemic healthy and happy, they must find opportunities to show signs of affection, empathy, and interest in each other. With that said, they should also realize that fear and worry are normal feelings, and we should think twice about criticizing each other. Coronavirus could cause divorce if you don’t take care of your marriage. 

Ayesha Vardag, Divorce Lawyers Vardag’s founder, expects a quiet before the storm, however. People will take a step back and think about the crisis realistically. It’s scary times right now, and the economy is uncertain. At the same time, Vardag sees an increase of inquires from couples “who just feel they cannot bear another day with the person they no longer love and are starting, confined together 24/7, even to hate.”

How to Ensure Coronavirus Doesn’t End Your Marriage

If you’ve ever been cooped up with someone in a small space before for any length of time, you know things can get heated. It makes conditions usually stressful. But if your relationship has a strong foundation, it may survive when others don’t. It may make your marriage or partnership stronger. The keys to a strong marriage are honesty and communication. To lessen stress factors, however, get to know the truth about coronavirus.

  • Get the facts from reputable sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your healthcare provider, or your local clinic.
  • Don’t believe everything you read, especially on social media. Read more than just the headlines, get to the meat of the story.
  • Stay on a routine while you’re at home. Don’t forget to exercise or spend time on a hobby. The trick is to do something productive while you’re in lockdown.
  • If not productive, watch that series you were too busy before to follow. There are a lot of them streaming on Netflix and Hulu now.

If you’re wondering when you can go back to work, you will have to pass a couple of tests first. Your doctor will determine if you’re contagious or not for starters. If you:

  • Don’t have a fever and can maintain a normal temperature without meds
  • Don’t have a cough or shortness of breath
  • Pass two tests at least a day apart

My Final Thoughts on Divorce on the Rise

Now is not the time to break up. Don’t let coronavirus be one of the reasons for divorce. We need each other more than ever right now as most of us are already in financial binds. Going at it alone could be devastating. If nothing else consider divorce vs separation.

Besides, you or your partner could have coronavirus and will need someone to stand by them. I’m sorry, but this is not grounds for divorce if you ask me. If the shoe was on the other foot, wouldn’t you want someone to help you? I know you would so, think before you make a move you may regret.

Use this time to get closer to each other or even to get back in touch with yourself. While the coronavirus could cause divorce rates to rise, don’t become part of divorce statistics for 2020. Do anything but divide.

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