As COVID-19 is a new and unknown pandemic, there isn’t much certainty about it and comes with many questions and not a lot of readymade solutions. Worldwide, officials have used different approaches they believe is best fit for dealing with the pandemic. One of the most talked about discussions in regard to COVID-19 is the impact that is has on people’s well-being and health.
In response to COVID-19, healthcare services have had to change the way they support people. Some non-urgent treatment has been suspended and face-to-face appointments have been replaced with video and telephone calls in order to practice social distancing, creating a safer and more resilient solution to deal with problems. While healthcare staff have not put their jobs and responsibilities on hold, changes to how services work has naturally affected people’s experiences of care.
Alissa Lincoln, GRI Faculty Affiliate and professor of sociology and health sciences, observed that efforts by public health officials to encourage people to take protective measures, such as wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance from others, have had unintended consequences. While the long-term effects of COVID-19 remain unknown, the instant consequences according to public health officials include stress and fear of contracting the disease.
In order to remain safe and resilient, both individually and as a community, we must follow the necessary guidelines and safety protocols. Lastly, it is important to know and understand you are not alone. There are also online support groups and resources available. If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.