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Mental health

The health effects of Covid-19 are not only physical but also mental. Since the announcement of the virus outbreak in January, health authorities all over the world have stressed the importance of people safeguarding their mental health. The reason is that the direct and indirect implications of the pandemic cause stress, worry, and fear as well as increased depression and anxiety rates[1]. There are various channels through which the pandemic affects the mental well-being of individuals. According to Massachusetts General Hospital, the increase in anxiety and depression may be attributed to:

  • Trauma from widespread disease

  • Grief over losses of life

  • Fear of getting sick

  • Unprecedented physical distancing

  • Concerns about economic/financial conditions and housing insecurity

  • Loss of community

  • Reduced access to caregivers

[2] Also, the spread of information and continuous news about the virus and its potential consequences results in worry and confusion. The general recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) is to stick to reliable sources of information and to avoid rumors and misinformation[1].


People with high exposure to the virus

Mental health problems are particularly prominent amongst people that are exposed to the virus or that are in a risk zone of getting the virus, such as healthcare workers, health facility managers or people working with childcare. 

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People in isolation

Not being allowed to exit your house or commit to your regular duties naturally affects your mental well-being. Therefore, people who are in risk groups of getting Covid-19 and therefore are bound to hard social distancing measures are likely to suffer more form mental health than the general public as an effect of the crisis.

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