Mental health after the pandemic

In the mist of the covid-19 pandemic, many obscurities inflicted detremental obstacles for the general public. People who already faced uncertainties were now plagued by much more than they could ever imagine. It was first thought SARS-CoV-2 made the jump to humans at one of Wuhan, China’s open-air “wet markets.” Later theories voiced concern that it may have originated as a biological weapon in a lab in China. As SARS-CoV-2 spread both inside and outside China, it infected people who have had no direct contact with animals. Covid-19 was something the world was not ready for, Bill Gates stated that we as a human race were totally oblivious and not properly equipped for this virus.

Illness caused by SARS-CoV-2 was termed COVID-19 by the WHO, the acronym derived from “coronavirus disease 2019.” The name was chosen to avoid stigmatizing the virus’s origins in terms of populations, geography, or animal associations.

In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that originated in China.

The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The fast widespread of the virus prompted many nations all over the world to lock down their countries, to control the outbreak from the alarming infection rate. Many of the ordinary citizens could not partake in day to day activities as usual and schools and places of business were ordered to close. People on the front line that were considered essential workers, like doctors nurses police and manufacturers were still allowed to work because they were desperately needed. Everyone else that were non essential workers were prohibited from daily interactions and prompted to stay home.

These executive orders from the government and The Center of disease control, not only changed people’s lives but reaped havoc on their mental health. The lives of people changed drastically very quickly and the lockdowns were just the beginning. People protested people looted and people’s mental health suffered. No one knew what to think or believe but one thing for certain no one’s life would ever be the same. From children to adults being locked down with only virtual interaction was weighing heavy on the mental. These rules and regulations really hit hard in the black and brown community, people who were already facing turmoil of just every day life. This was only the beginning of more to come, in which I called propaganda.

Surveys show a major increase in the number of U.S. adults who report symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia during the pandemic, compared with surveys before the pandemic. Some people have increased their use of alcohol or drugs, thinking that can help them cope with their fears about the pandemic. The early stages of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns were hard on all of us, in different ways. Isolation, joblessness, childcare, and many other challenges severely affected the mental well-being of many people around the world. People were worried about the emotional impact that the loss of loved ones would have on themselves and on their friends and neighbors. Many found it hard to cope with the grief and isolation, and others found it hard to deal with job loss and financial insecurity.

Today we witness the aftermath of a global pandemic. People are still in mental turmoil and with the rising conflicts in Ukraine and Russia adds more fuel to fire. The threat of world war 3 looms and much uncertainty is definitely gut wrenching. The economy has suffered due to inflation, which is at a 30 to 40 year high. Inflation is a big problem in every country around the world and the people are dealing with the struggles of making it day to day. Inflation steals wealth and makes it harder just to survive with the basic necessities of life. Change is inevitable but these times will usher in a new regime where there will be a new world order, nothing will ever be the same. Our world leaders have failed us and the time is now for change.

If we want to change the system we must first become the system!

Gregory Standley

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