Coronavirus alias COVID 19 is an infectious illness resulting from a virus that causes respiratory infections to humans. In December 2019, an outbreak of unidentified pneumonia-like disease emerged in Wuhan, China. Later after resulting in substantial mortality and morbidity in China, by March 2020, it was declared a global pandemic since it had spread to over 150 countries by the World Health Organization.
COVID 19 is a virus that causes mild illnesses in some people, and in others, it makes people very ill to the extent of death. It is significantly detrimental to people with pre-existing medical conditions and the aged people in the community. The virus now has quickly spread globally, with a tally of 34.2 million infections and at least 1.02 million deaths as of October 02, 2020.
Impact of COVID 19 on Mental Health
Although the spotlight is on the virus and it is spreading, we, the people, tend to forget the people pulling strings to combat the virus, the Health Care Workers. It is about time we took a step back and selflessly look at how the coronavirus has impacted the Health Care Workers. This article aims to summarize the mental health effects of the Coronavirus on Health Care Workers. Statistics show that the Health Care Workers are among the high-risk groups to acquire coronavirus since they are highly exposed to COVID 19 positive. For example, In America, as in September, the number of infected Health Care Workers was six hundred thousand, and at least two thousand five hundred sadly succumbed to the virus. Aside from infections, when Health Care Workers operate under massive pressure since hospitals tend to be overcrowded, they often suffer from strong mental and psychological impact. In addition to the enormous pressure, being isolated from family and friends abets Health Care Workers who suffer from mental disorders. In those findings, females were more susceptible to suffering from mental health disorders than males. From the article, we can conclude that pandemics often takes a mental health toll on Health Care Workers. This conclusion shows the need for appropriately underlying psychological intervention for Health Care Workers. Some psychological measures that can be underlined include creating support teams, psychological counseling, and establishing a shift system in hospitals to ensure adequate breaks and time off for the Health Care Workers. The hospital can also ensure that the Health Care Workers engage in leisure activities such as sports, yoga, and meditation to let off steam. Finally, the hospital should regularly motivate the Health Care Worker.
Ensuring that the Health Care Workers are well protected by allocating the measures mentioned above is vital in fighting pandemics. If the timely efforts are delayed or not adhered to, then chances are global; we will face a novel wave of patients experiencing psychological morbidity. When all the demands are met, it will be a win-win situation for both the Health Care Workers, the hospital, and the whole world.