The effects on Mental Health during COVID-19

A diagram of recognizing and dealing with your mental health during COVID-19.

A diagram of recognizing and dealing with your mental health during COVID-19.

Many people are experiencing mental and physical effects in relation to COVID-19.  This has brought a lot of change to the way the United States runs and our economy.  One visible change is Mental Health. 

Max Lepore,  A pawprint news reporter said “If I hear, about someone I know or someone close to me tests positive, it can be really stressful to trace if I’ve been by them and take a toll on me mentally.”

The CDC has set out basic guidelines for staying healthy during the pandemic. Several examples are; taking time to unwind, taking care of your body, knowing what to do if you are sick, watching your emotional health, and connecting to others following the guidelines to stay safe. 

If you are taking the basic precautions when it comes to COVID-19, you should be safe from a mental attack.  By taking it easy and knowing who you are hanging out with, you will be able to contact trace.  Doing this will make you able to focus on things like school and work, not whether you were in contact with a certain person, causing you to get tested. 

Another problem is people recovering from self-isolation and coronavirus.  Many are finding it difficult to adjust to the changes. It is taking a toll on their mental state.

Ella Fetzer, a student at Hillcrest High School who recovered from COVID-19, stated “During the pandemic when I was in isolation, I noticed that I struggled with feelings of anxiety and sadness I had never felt until then.” 

She continues “I learned that a lot of my mental health depends on me being with people I care about.”

If you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are mentally down, contact a counselor or a loved one for moral support. It is best to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.