But in all polities, there is already a turning inward, a search for autonomy and control of one’s own fate. We are headed for a poorer, meaner, and smaller world.
On transnational threats like COVID-19 and climate change, it is not enough to think of American power over other nations. The key to success is also learning the importance of power with others. Every country puts its national interest first; the important question is how broadly or narrowly this interest is defined. COVID-19 shows we are failing to adjust our strategy to this new world.
Mental health impact
Coronavirus can significantly affect the mental health of all, especially for those who already have mental illnesses. Anxiety about illness and increased feelings of loneliness and isolation can worsen and provoke symptoms.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his own abilities, can cope with the stresses of normal life and can work productively and be able to contribute to his community.
Mental health is essential to our collective and individual capacity as human beings to think, express, interact with one another, earn a living, and enjoy life. On this basis, the promotion, protection, and restoration of mental health can be considered a vital concern for individuals, societies, and societies around the world.
Anxiety-related to the coronavirus is to be expected. A survey of Chinese citizens published in February found that 42.6% of respondents experienced anxiety related to the coronavirus outbreak.
key worries related to the coronavirus pandemic were:
- You or someone in your family will get sick.
- Your investments, such as retirement or college savings, will be negatively impacted.
- You will lose income due to workplace closure or reduced hours.
- You will not be able to afford testing or treatment if you need it.
In a situation like this one, it is easy to become obsessive about disease prevention, especially for those with OCD who already experience contamination obsessions— “unwanted, intrusive worry that one is dirty and in need of washing, cleaning or sterilizing.”You will put yourself at risk of exposure to the virus because you can’t afford to stay home and miss work.
- Stress and Coping
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
- Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19.
- Children and teens.
- People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders.
- People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.
- What would be the impact of this virus on people behavior after the end of the home quarantine or country locked down, how long will it take people to return to work normally as a group and behave in a normal way without social fear, people might still keep distance and avoid socializing for a month or so, what would be the impact of business?
- For those who work outside the country, many people will take leave to see family, for tourism, or even for treatment. Of course, the companies will not allow all employees to travel at the same time to keep the business running, proper planning should be in place taking into consideration business and personal needs.
- Some operational areas have been closed, and others possibly will be closed also, what kind of control and training we need to put in place to avoid human error? We cannot expect people to come to work after 1 month locked down or maybe more with fresh memory.
- Rehabilitation program to help infected employees to come back to normal life through training and therapy hope not so many.
We believe using China scenario to learn lessons as the locked-down is over in many cities there, and they are coming back to the normal life now, what challenges they have faced can be great input for us.
What to do to support yourself
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children if they are better prepared.
Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
- Excessive crying or irritation in younger children.
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting).
- Excessive worry or sadness.
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits.
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens.
- Poor school performance or avoiding school.
- Difficulty with attention and concentration.
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past.
- Unexplained headaches or body pain.
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
There are many things you can do to support your child:
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope with you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:
- Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
- Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
- Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
- Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
- Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
- Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.
For people who have been released from quarantine
Being separated from others if a healthcare provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be stressful, even if you do not get sick. Everyone feels differently after coming out of quarantine. Some feelings include :
- Mixed emotions, including relief after quarantine
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Stress from the experience of monitoring yourself or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- Sadness, anger, or frustration because friends or loved ones have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious
- Guilt about not being able to perform normal work or parenting duties during the quarantine
- Other emotional or mental health changes