JUPITER, Fla. — The coronavirus is challenging everyone's mental health and it looks different from person to person. A local doctor expects everyone to have some change in their behavior after the threat of COVID-19 is over.
Dr. Bruce Eisenberg of the Medical Group of South Florida in Jupiter says he's often hearing from patients how scared they are about the pandemic. Many don't want to take advantage of the partial re-openings of beaches, shops, or restaurants because they don't trust others to follow the rules.
"They're very curious about going," he said. "But they're not going to put their toe in the water. They're gonna let other people go and they want to see what happens in the case load over the next month."
The one silver lining: people may be more aware of their hygiene as a result of the pandemic. Dr. Eisenberg says not to be surprised if you see fewer handshakes and few hugs.
"I can't imagine we go from this to all the hugging and kissing that we used to do," he said.
He anticipates people will practice social distancing and excessive hand washing well after the guidelines are relaxed.
"I think we'll be a lot less touchy and we'll be a lot more feely in our hearts," said Dr. Eisenberg. "But I think we'll do a lot less touch."