The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak is unprecedented. Yet some look to ready-made models to address it. This creates confusion about more adaptive responses that reflect an uncertain and ambiguous context. Those assessing associated mental health challenges must be wary of overdiagnosis. Handling the pandemic well, requires engaging the public as mature partners.
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Paper for the American Psychological Association – Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, accepted 6 May 2020