Communicating with loved ones is important to surviving the effects of the coronavirus lockdown as people become increasingly isolated, according to advice from a senior psychologist in the UAE.\r\nThe ongoing spread of the deadly coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has prompted authorities across the world to close down public places and tell people to stay in their homes, with some countries such as Italy under complete shutdown. These measures are unprecedented on this scale and some have worried about the effects they could have on people\u2019s mental health.\r\n\u201cReorganize your life and communicate with the people you love,\u201d advised Mario Aoun, clinical psychologist at Healthpoint, a UAE healthcare provider that is part of Mubadala Healthcare, told Al Arabiya English.\r\nWhile the outbreak has put strain on human relations and led to some limited cases of stockpiling, Aoun pointed to some of the positive changes in behavior.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve seen lots of love and lots of people taking care of each other. We see chaos, that\u2019s true, but human beings have proven so far that they have great faith and they will manage to get over it,\u201d he said.\r\nWith families spending more time together in the home while under lockdown, Aoun said that this should be viewed as an opportunity, and not a punishment.\r\n\u201cIt can be an opportunity for rebuilding and better communicating, and give time to ourselves, give time to our relationship, which are priorities, because this is a real priority. Work is important only if we have a good family,\u201d he explained.\r\n\r\nThe coronavirus worldwide\r\nThe coronavirus has so far infected over 180,000 people worldwide,\u00a0with over 7,100 dead. Nearly 80,000 have recovered.\r\nThe Arabian Gulf reported its first fatality on Monday of a 65-year-old woman in Bahrain. According to the country\u2019s Ministry of Health she had been suffering from underlying and chronic health problems and was a registered COVID-19 case.\r\nIn the Middle East, authorities have continued to up coronavirus measures, with borders shut to most neighboring countries, while flights have also been severely curtailed. In Saudi Arabia, the government has\u00a0urged people to stay at home. Meanwhile, the UAE has continued to shutdown more public places, with Dubai announcing the closure of all\u00a0hotel bars, pubs and lounges\u00a0on Monday, in addition to previous suspensions of all\u00a0theme parks, entertainment and wedding destinations, including night clubs, cinemas and concerts\u00a0and all\u00a0gyms, gaming centers, and spring camps.