With the introduction of the Covid-19 virus around last year, it has spread vastly into the other continents and has been affected people worldwide. The virus was known to be deadly, and caused panic across the world. This caused the world to go into a global lockdown, but, how did this affect mental health in people?
With the disease being dangerous to all ages, Older adults and people of any age with any serious underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes are at a higher risk of getting more serious complications from the Covid-19 disease. The virus has taken over 63,423 out of 3.8 million cases with a 1.6 mortality percentage. With older people taking precautions, how is the younger generation handling the pandemic?
Public health actions such as social distancing is necessary to reduce the spread of Covid-19. However, these actions can cause a person to feel isolated, or lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. With school and mostly work taking place online, there is less human contact between people. Such as bosses and coworkers, or friends and even family. Most people feel like they’re useless without having something to do. With most of the younger generation on their electronic devices, the struggle of having to access schoolwork online can take a huge toll on younger students. With the constant use of electronic devices, many people tend to get attached to social media. Social media is a great way for people to share their struggles and experiences with the pandemic, but many people can cause backlash and destroy someone mentally and physically. Social media does sometimes lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts. Many parents are too late to realize this in their children.
However, with the recent introduction of the vaccines, more people are encouraged to socially interact with people physically . People also feel more safe with the vaccines at a maximum of 95 percent efficacy rate at treating the covid-19 virus after two doses. With protection to the virus, many public places are opening, and even school is expected to be in person in the next year! With this in mind, mental health of people will slowly start to stabilize hopefully after the pandemic is cleared up.