Covid 19 is a virus that goes beyond causing direct organic diseases in the respiratory system mainly and other systems such as the digestive system, as well as effects and symptoms that alter the normal functioning of many parts of the body. Many of its aftermath are still being discovered, but it is clear that the damage goes beyond a localized viral infection. It is a tough, sticky virus that tries to survive at the cost of our health and our lives.
But it not only damages the body, it also damages the soul. And if he doesn’t do it directly, he gets it through the provoked situation. The isolation, the change in labor and personal relationships that the pandemic has brought, as well as the social protection measures against the virus taken by the different administrations and the recommendations of health agencies, affect our lives and create stress and states from anxiety to different forms of neurosis and mental illness.
The mere fact of not being able to hug, touch, relate, or even see each other outside the family unit if it is not with a mask and not being able to see the gestures that we all had and did on a daily basis already supposes an abnormal situation (“I cannot accept the a new normal, but rather a new abnormality ”) anyway, if to this we add the situation of uncertainty for many people who work in different sectors of the economy, or for parents with children and the same children … and general fear, more accentuated, logically, in those who work in hospitals, medical centers and nursing homes, we will see that the outlook is discouraging.
Solutions? Only that the pandemic ends, then, even with the promised vaccines, and some already about to be distributed, there will be a long period of testing and waiting … And the virus will still be there.
The catastrophic threats so far circumscribed to disastrous dates, such as 9/11 or March 11 in the West and in very localized places (although there were epidemics, wars and diseases in many places on the planet) now touch us squarely, they are among us. The situation is magnified in those who fall ill and in families hit by deaths.
“There will be an avalanche of mood and anxiety disorders in the coming months and years around the world,” experts predict “and that includes depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, increased alcohol consumption and neurotic disorders. And all this will have, in addition to the personal cost, great economic and social consequences ”. The WHO estimates that one in five people will suffer from a mental illness, twice the number in previous years.
What is going to happen? Will I catch the virus? How will we get ahead? Will I hug my elders again? The psychologist Sara Liébana constantly hears questions like these. “It is the most extraordinary thing we have experienced,” says this professional specialized in caring for victims of terrorism, “not only because it occurs worldwide, but because of that massive feeling of uncertainty in everything: health, work, studies, affections … We live in general stress and anxiety… Now we are a society that asks itself questions ”.
While everything evolves we can only try, on a physical level, to strengthen our defenses and immune system. And on a mental level, prevent fear from taking over us. Because fear opens doors to disease and makes us more vulnerable