The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19

Fever and chills. Loss of taste or smell. Sore throat and congestion. By now, we are all aware of the physical symptoms of COVID-19 to watch out for. Government officials are implementing reopening phases and health experts have issued guidelines to keep the community as safe and healthy as possible. As we are now several months into this pandemic, studies are now shedding light on additional symptoms and residual effects of COVID-19, and they go well beyond the physical symptoms of the virus.

Unprecedented Times

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted people from several angles. Many are fearful of contracting the virus themselves, and they are worried about the implications of the virus for their most vulnerable loved ones. National reports indicated that unemployment reached a rate of 14.7% in April, the highest percentage the nation has seen since the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Small businesses are suffering due to reopening restrictions in place, and parents are struggling with the abrupt shift to working from home alongside their children who are learning remotely. Frontline workers and first responders are working diligently while putting their own health at risk. As a result of these tumultuous times, the nation is experiencing a mental health crisis that should not be ignored.

The Mental Health Crisis

It is no surprise that this confusing and scary time has had a significant impact on mental health trends. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2 in 5 Americans reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to the coronavirus. Some are having trouble eating or sleeping, and feelings of loneliness and isolation brought on by quarantining and social distancing have led to an increase in depression and anxiety among American adults Substance use has increased as people attempt to cope with stress, and thoughts of suicide are more prevalent compared to last year’s data.

The Race for a Vaccine

Though 2020 will soon be in the rearview, we are still amid the battle against the coronavirus. The fastest return to normalcy where loved ones can congregate, businesses can safely reopen, and people can remove their masks will come with the discovery and distribution of a vaccine. With the physical and mental well-being of so many on the line, the development of an effective vaccine is of the utmost importance. Preferred Research Partners is proud to be a part of this cause and is currently recruiting patients for a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

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Coronavirus Resources

If you are seeking more information about COVID-19 or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, please visit the CDC’s official coronavirus page here.