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Coronavirus Disease-2019 Pandemic: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of the General Population

Saurabh Ram Bihari Lal Shrivastava, Prateek S Shrivastava

Keywords : COVID-19 pandemic, Health personnel, Mental health, World Health Organization

Citation Information : Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Coronavirus Disease-2019 Pandemic: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of the General Population. 2021; 4 (2):49-50.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10082-03107

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 27-07-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The ongoing global coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has attained a pandemic status and is increasing with each day in terms of caseload, attributed deaths, and geographical distribution. Owing to the unknown nature of the disease, there is a lot of myth, misconceptions, and fear prevailing about the nature of the disease, and thus, people are very much prone to psychological and mental illnesses. At the same time, the practice of quarantine, which separates healthy individuals for 14 days from their family members, the probability of the development of anxiety, and depression also increase extensively. Considering the fact that the disease infects everyone and no population group or socioeconomic class is immune, it is the need of the hour to be empathetic and compassionate toward the affected, treated, or recovered individuals and not encourage stigma against them. In conclusion, mental illnesses and poor mental health are the potential adverse effects of this novel COVID-19 pandemic. It is the time wherein we all have to together approach toward the problem as a team and improve the mental look out of the general population as well as the diagnosed patients and their family members.


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