COVID-19 outbreak impacts mental as well as physical health


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Mental health issues have accompanied the coronavirus pandemic

Alyzza Madrid, Reporter

Mental health has been an underlying crisis during the coronavirus pandemic that few have talked about.  During this pandemic, not only has people’s physical health been affected by COVID-19, but their mental health has also been impacted by the circumstances which accompanied the outbreak.

When the first wave of the pandemic struck, no one was prepared to be stuck in their home, self-isolated from friends and loved ones.

According to Global Med, mental health is the next pandemic to come. As the coronavirus continued to spread, many people reported that it was taking a toll on their mental health.  Global Med reported that, “nearly half (45%) of adults in the United States claimed that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to isolation, high unemployment, worry, and increased stress over the virus.”

For members of the 18 to 29 year-old age group, it has been more difficult than ever.  Schools being conducted online has led to more isolation and increased anxiety for new students, or those that are used to in-person classes.

Hartford HealthCare reported that 42% of people in this age range reported anxiety and 36 percent reported depression.  It’s especially daunting for college students to suddenly feel a lack of control of their environment and social lives as Dr. Laura Saunders stated in Hartford Healthcare.

“It’s concerning that this pandemic is having a clear mental health effect on young adults, they tend to come from an all-or-nothing world view and feel invincible to any consequences,” Saunders said.

With everything going on, it is okay to feel down, you are not alone. With more people reporting that their mental health has been impacted in such a negative way these days there are now more ways for one to get help.