The COVID-19 has spread all across the globe, the consequences of it leading to worldwide lockdown. Quarantine and isolation methods are being practiced everywhere, and the duration of it is only getting longer with time. Social distancing, misleading information, isolation and many other reasons have psychologically effected people. Below are a few psychological effects of the ongoing pandemic crisis:
Fear and Terror
For people who are physically safe from the virus, even the terrified feeling of catching it, is more than enough for psychological impact. This also includes resisting meeting or seeing people who successfully recovered.
Financial issues are also adding to this fear and uncertainty of the future. Households in which family members have lost their jobs, are slowly succumbing to anxiety. Not everybody has the privilege to quarantine in peace, and have basic life necessities within reach.
Isolation and Loneliness
Extended quarantine has decreased social activities and having fun. With so many restrictions, people have started contacting their friends, family and loved ones online - video calls, remain the top choice. However for many people, the feelings of isolation and loneliness are getting to them, gradually launching them into clinical depression and other psychological disorders.
Isolation Period Among Patients
On average, a normal quarantine time period for patient lasts 14 days. In some cases, patients have to quarantine themselves even longer. This too, has contributed to patients feeling depressive and frustrated. Not knowing when they will fully recover, also makes them anxious.
The Internet is a useful resource, but at the same time, not all information is authentic. Mostly misleading messages are being forwarded on WhatsApp. In times of urgency like these, it is important to look up to authentic and reliable sources such as the WHO (World Health Organisation). To help people get authentic news and updates, social media services
You cannot force someone to do something, but when advices are backed up by information, following them makes it all the more easier. Dealing with psychological impact in the current circumstances can get very difficult and tricky.
Here's an advisable infographic by Gabriel Banschick:
Infographic by: Gabriel Banschick