Mental Health

Betty Pfefferbaum and Carol S. North (13 April 2020), “Mental Health and the Covid-19 Pandemic,” The New England Journal of Medicine
Pfefferbaum and North describe the mental health challenges pandemics create for both health care professionals and the general public. A “recent review of psychological sequelae in samples of quarantined people… revealed numerous emotional outcomes, including stress, depression, irritability, insomnia, fear, confusion, anger, frustration, boredom, and stigma associated with quarantine, some of which persisted after the quarantine was lifted.” Health care professionals treating patients for COVID-19 might not have the expertise in mental health to help their patients deal with these emotions. Further, health care professionals might themselves be suffering from uncertainty and other mental health concerns due to a lack of equipment, longer work hours, and concerns about infecting their families.