Faces of fear

In a few weeks a whole world can go from not knowing to something between panic and precaution – as the globe gets ready to face the latest pandemic virus

The double threat of pandemic viruses

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

No doubt the virus can be deadly – The physical symptoms are well described and experts warn of the consequences if the accelerating global spread is not slowed down. Maps of the spreading virus are updated from minute to minute, and more and more people avoid public places – or wear a mask if they have to enter any public space.

Scary stories are all over the media, experts talk in all directions and concerts and events are cancelled, offices and stores close, the buses are empty, borders closing and in the faces of people can be read the other threat of the virus: the fear of it

The fear that can be seen in the eyes of people long before it arrives – And it is easy to see that both the personal, and the community consequences of the fear, can be as damaging as the virus itself…

Drawing of a lot of faces all wearing facemasks. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Faces of fear

Keywords: virus, fear, angst, contamination, disease, face mask, COVID-19, pandemic, health, media, psychology

About Museum of Psychology – Visualizing psychology
We understand reality at least through a combination of metaphors, images, stories and experiences. But also through our dreams, understandings, feelings, music, walk of life, directions, expectations, relations… and even more dimensions.

Much of this have in common that we can somehow sketch up maps and drawings of these places, trails and situations. Here on Museum of Psychology I (Frits Ahlefeldt) am drawing up a slowly growing map of our many landscapes of understanding.

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