Psychological Impact of Coronovirus on People.

As the coronavirus outbreaks and puts the whole world into lockdown, the impact of this pandemic on the global mental health is unprecedented, unnerving and huge. This is an aberrant condition and the ways of dealing with the virus have been unconventional too.

Psychological Impact of Coronovirus on People.
Saumya Anang, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Microbiology. Dana- Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University

Psychological Impact of Coronovirus on People.

As the coronavirus outbreaks and puts the whole world into lockdown, the impact of this pandemic on the global mental health is unprecedented, unnerving and huge. This is an aberrant condition and the ways of dealing with the virus have been unconventional too.
Currently, people are anxious, scared, worried, stressed and lonely.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a pandemic. Most of the countries in the world are locked down including the European Union, USA, GCC, India. In order to fight the disease and its spread, WHO has specified precautions and guidelines, that includes social distancing. Tough orders have been imposed by various countries to restrict people in their homes. This has led to the upsurge of various psychological issues among all; unfortunately, this pandemic has given no choice but to follow these directives. 

The level and type of stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is divergent in different sections of the population and is definitely overwhelming. Elderly and people with other health conditions are mostly immunocompromised and are more prone to COVID-19. This section of society is under constant fear and unease. As per worldmeter.info, more than 53,000 people have died of COVID-19. The death rate has been reported to be 3.6% between people aged 60-69, that rises to 8% among 70-79 to 14% in 80-89 years age group.

Children being confined to their houses are scared and restless too. With the growing apprehensions related to work and salary, working professionals are getting insecure and edgy. People who have been exposed lately are going through the trauma of quarantine and isolation. The caregivers face a totally different kind of challenge. They need to be responsible, alert and cautious at the same time.

As get-togethers are restricted, coping up with this growing anxiousness has become tough and challenging. Fear of the shortage of food and daily needed items have already led to panic buying. The dearth of masks, sanitizers, protective equipment to ventilators has bred concern equally in every part of the world. Confining oneself to a house is further aggravating various other physical, mental and emotional disorders. As reports of suicides escalate, suicide crisis is another setback the world is going through. German state minister Thomas Schaefer apparently killed himself, out of his worry to deal with the economic crash caused by the shutdown. The news reports suicide of a nurse in Italy, a waitress in the UK as they contracted the COVID-19 infection. This count has been unfortunately increasing steeply. Loneliness, depression, fear, job loss has been the triggers for suicides in the current scenario.

As these incidences are disturbing and worrisome, a lot can be done to deal with the psychological effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines and drugs would eventually stop the virus but its effects on mental health would take a toll for quite a long time. A positive outlook is the best remedy along with the social distancing to deal with this pandemic and lockdown.

Finding ways to cherish this solitary is key in dealing with growing psychological concerns. A healthy lifestyle should be followed; meditation, exercise, healthy food should be incorporated in the routine. Social distancing has given a lot of room to pursue hobbies, apart from according to the bonus family time. The pollution level has dropped down; Nature is all ready to welcome spring. This break should be taken as a golden chance to introspect and plan. Watching a lot of news related to COVID-19 should be avoided. The difference between being informed and getting paranoid should be realized. Resuming contacts with old friends, getting in touch with people online could be beneficial. If that does not help, a phone call to a mental health expert could be useful too.

As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining; this is the perfect opportunity to be positive and spread positivity. The requisite is to stay safe and healthy.
 

News Source:- Saumya Anang, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Microbiology. Dana- Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University