December 2019; it was that period of time when the world was introduced to one of the most dreadful pandemics that the human civilization has ever faced till this date. That is a novel corona virus outbreak was first documented in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
What is Covid-19?
Corona virus disease also knows as Covid -19 is an infectious disease caused by Coronaviruses, which are a large family of zoonotic viruses which cause moderate respiratory illness such as dry cough, fever, pneumonia, shortness of breath etc to human body . In more severe cases it causes death.
Coronavirus us able to be transmitted from animals to humans. In a recent research animals are not found to be getting corona symptoms but they can definitely be a Carrier of this virus.
This virus can spread from one person to another via droplets produced during coughing or sneezing by an already infected person.
Older people, people having low immunity system, people already underlying medical problem such as diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases are more likely to get dangerous circumstances of corona virus.
The scientific consensus is that COVID-19 has a natural or zoonotic origin. The first outbreak of this virus is found to be transmitted from bat to human infection.
Common signs of covid-19 is similar to common cold, that are fever, tiredness, and
dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal
congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea, respiratory illness. These symptoms are
usually mild and begin gradually. But in some more several cases this infection causes kidney failure, pneumonia and even death.
Some people become infected but
don’t develop any symptoms. But they still can act as a carrier of this virus to other people.
Cure and prevention?
Till this date there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-29, however ongoing clinical trials are being done to find a treatment for this disease.
According to current da ta, time from exposure to onset of symptoms is usually two and fourteen days, with an average of five days.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 we have to practice respiratory etiquette. Wearing a mask whenever you go outside, not touching eyes nose or mouth, coughing or sneezing into a flexex elbow, cleaning hands often with alcohol based hand rub, staying home, social distancing, preventing yourself from any animanl contact, washing your food properly before eating etc.
Corona Virus and the World:
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January; 2020, and a pandemic on 11 March.
Till this date of July, 2020, COVID-19 is affecting 213 countries around the world and 2 international conveyances. There are total over 10,000,000 cases of COVID-19 around the worl, whereas there are 514,298 cases are of death and approximately 5,812,010 cases of recovery, and approx 4,273,311 cases active are counted.
The first case of COVID-19 in India, which originated from China, was reported on 30 January 2020, in Kerela. Due this date in India there are over 585k confirmed cases, 348k recovered and 17,400 deaths has been caused by this virus.
Corona Virus, health care and Mental Health :
The question is what unique things we have to do to become successful in the fight against COVID-19? Surely we have to do hands on approach individually and think for the well being of our society. Self Quarantine, wearing mask and all the other prevention task I mentioned above should be done as an individual step and for the bigger step the government should give more attention towards the health care field, they should have no hesitation taking steps towards better health care facilities.
Before talking about the relation between Coronavirus and mental health, the bigger question is how many people are aware of the seriousness of mental health. Majority of people are in denial that mental health is important and disease like depression, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, eating disorder, bipolar disorder etc exist and they need proper treatment too.
On the other hand the discrimination meted out to the Coronavirus infected patients has inculcated fear among the people. In many places this has been seen that the patients are being blamed for the infection and they are being socially boycott.
Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, the region of mental health of people of around the world is immensely affected. Due to Self Quarantine and lockdowns people are unable to share their feelings, to socialize, to explore the world like they used to before; therefore a sense of loneliness creeps into their mind which further leads to depression, specially the people who were not doing well in financial terms – are more likely to go through mental pressure. Some people may use this isolation time to explore their creativity but for some it is the time of running through hell.
We all aware of how mental health leads human beings to take some drastic steps regarding their life.
Recently the news of the talented bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide has traumatized not only India but his fans across the world too. And this has lead to more awareness towards mental health. Regarding this if you liked this article and you want me to write more about depression and Sushant Singh Rajput, please let me know.
The covid-19 epidemic and Mental health: