The novel coronavirus emerged in late December from the Chinese city of Wuhan now is spreading to the whole world. The virus has spread to at least 182 countries and territories. Over 952,000 cases are reported, and more than 48,000 deaths occur due to COVID-19 throughout the world. 202,00 people recovered from the infection.
The current situation of this pandemic is not only affecting people physically but also stimulates psychological problems. Anxiety, depression, and fear of infectious outbreaks can be devastating and cause intense emotions in adults as well as in children. During this stressful situation, people are worried about their health and their loved one’s health. They also face disturbances in sleeping and eating patterns. So a pandemic like this may worsen the quality of life for all people. Typically, the stress also compels them to start using tobacco, alcohol and various drugs.
The researchers of Swinburne launched a new survey for accessing the mental health of the people in Australia during this current pandemic of COVID-19.
The survey will be conducted on a monthly basis and it will be used to examine the mental health progresses among the people. The survey includes questions about how coronavirus outbreak affects the mental health of the people and it also includes the major issues of COVID-19.
Professor Susan Rossell, who is a professorial research fellow at Swinburne’s Center for Mental Health said that people face much stress about the coronavirus outbreak but the major concern is finding the way from where the stress is coming and how people are responding to this condition.
The survey is open for all who are 18 years old or above to access the mental health of the people in Australia at a broader level during this situation.
In this research, the feelings of people will be observed during the starting period of research and then compared to that of June where people may face shock feelings instead of boredom feelings.
The results of this survey will be used to understand the mental situation of the people due to this outbreak so that it may help the authorities in making the policies for supporting the mental health of Australians in the future.
According to the CDC the best thing that helps the people to cope with this stress condition is to take care of yourself, family members and friends. Also, help the other to manage the stress so that it will have a strong impact on the community.
People who already have any mental health disorder should continue their treatment and consult their respected doctor immediately if any new signs and symptoms emerge.
People should take breaks from watching and listening to the breaking news and stories related to the coronavirus outbreak. Eat immunity booster for enhancing immunity and eat a well-balanced and nutrients dense meal. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. Avoid using tobacco products and alcohol drinking.
If people share the facts about coronavirus and efficiently understand its risk factors, then it will help them to make the situation less stressful and less depressive.
Children and teenagers strongly follow the actions of their elders and parents. So, parents should deal with this outbreak in a calm and confident manner. So that it gives the best support to their children.
If someone suspects to has a positive test for coronavirus then be separated from the rest of the members and go for isolation. This situation may put some stress even if he does not get the illness. Some may have an amalgam of feeling after coming from quarantine such as sadness, frustration, anger because his friends and loved ones do not want to contact him. Also, he feels guilt as he is not able to do the normal routine task. Also, it leads to other stress-related disorders such as anxiety and fear.