The World Health Organization held off on declaring a novel coronavirus pandemic to avoid mass panic, but as the virus continues to spread, anxiety continues to grow.

A Saskatoon-based clinical counsellor said some of her clients are “catastrophizing” amid the seemingly endless stream of COVID-19 related developments.

“People have a tendency to think of worst-case scenario — the sky is falling,” clinical social worker Sherry Tucker told Global News.

“Once you get there, it’s really difficult for people to kind of calm themselves down.”

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