Stars and Stripes stripes.com 31 Dec, 2020 18:45 am

‘Just looking at a needle makes my blood run cold’

‘Just looking at a needle makes my blood run cold’
Now, with the coronavirus vaccine rollout, images of needles being jabbed into arms are inescapable on television and social media. For the millions of adults like Armand Davila who intensely fear needles, the eagerly awaited moment presents an existential dilemma: Many are deathly afraid of a needle that can save their lives.

Some psychological experts say that needle anxiety is being overlooked amid other inoculation concerns with the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine and wonder how many of the needle averse may risk their health and others' by not getting the vaccine.” Now, with the coronavirus vaccine rollout, images of needles being jabbed into arms are inescapable on television and social media.And that raises a question some psychological experts say is being overlooked amid other inoculation concerns: How many of the needle averse will avoid the coronavirus vaccine and risk getting a disease that has claimed more than 320,000 American lives?” It’s unlikely that exposure therapy can be ramped up to meet the challenges and timeline posed by the coronavirus vaccine.

” But psychologists like Zucker and Kunkle also think (and hope) that those with extreme needle fears will also engage in a different calculation with the coronavirus vaccine — that they are more scared of the virus (and dying) than they are of the needle., who has suffered anxiety attacks around needles, took to social media with a plea to the media: Stop showing pictures of needles because they are freaking out those, like her, with needle anxiety.

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