Try to have five portions of FUN a day: It’s natural to be fearful in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak — but being afraid actually lowers your immune system. Here, doctor and comedian PHIL HAMMOND gives his prescription

Are you panic-buying anything you can get your hands on? If so, it’s likely that you are either afraid or trying to stop yourself being afraid.

But if you get yourself into a sweaty scrum in the dry goods aisle, it’s the perfect way to spread the virus, which is counter-productive. Fear is contagious, so we need a strategy to counter it.

A wise older woman in a hospice taught me a huge lesson when I was a medical student. She said ‘the fear of cancer can be worse than cancer’.

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