…tally “check out.” That’s called dissociation, and it’s the work of the dorsal vagal nerve network. When you’re dissociated, you’ll feel powerless and hopeless, or even depressed — that’s one reason it’s so easy to glue yourself to the couch and go numb after you hear news about the virus.
Disassociation isn’t always bad. I’m able to disassociate from cold, for example. I can do the same with most pain.
Maybe you’d call that “ignoring “ rather than disassociating, but I’m pretty sure that deliberate use of it can be healthy.
I am pretty well disassociated from thinking about the virus. Call it ignoring if you like, but the only time I fully let it into my mind is when I need to go out. Then it’s mask and gloves, people avoidance and moving quickly, all very paranoid. I’m very stressed when I get back home with the shopping, but then I put it away.