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Mass isolation

Mass isolation such as with Covid-19 and social isolation


How does mass isolation and restriction affect a person’s mental health?

Sample Solution

In day to day communication, people at times use Quarantine and Isolation simultaneously to mean separating people in separate ways and probably sometimes in different places, in accordance to the disease they have. But for health officials, doctors and other professionals, there is a visible and considerable differences between Quarantine and Isolation. In general, a quarantine is a serious isolation created to prevent the spread of a disease.

As the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] elaborates, the process of a quarantine particularly involves:

“The division of a person or group of people mindfully trusted to have been exposed to a contagious disease but not yet showing the symptoms, from the rest who have not been so exhibited, to stop and prevent the imminent spread of the transmissible virus”

Perceived social Isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic strongly has had an abnormal worldwide effect, with same psychological consequences. Differences in our day to day lives, losses of jobs, financial hardship, feeling of loneliness and mourning accompanied with grief over the demise of a loved ones have the ability to affect the psychological health of many. In an atmosphere of doubt, it is important that straightforward and precise information is relayed about the challenges and how to go about resolving it. In this article, a rationale is given for an urgent call or message to the mental health impact caused by COVID-19. However, opinions for individuals to control their emotions properly and safely are provided.

The mental health consequences of COVID19 are even evident and even by the use of stringent measures they are likely to surge and likely to be bigger than the immediate pandemic. The major psychological challenges showing up are anxiety and fear, lack of sleep, digestive problems, obsessive – compulsive symptoms, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]. These are not only straight repercussions of the pandemic but also widely championed by the effects of extended Social isolation. Despite it being necessary to control the spread of the epidemic, most especially human beings, are not designed to manage segregation for quite an extended period of time. As Aristotle the great Greek Philosopher reminds us, man is a “social animal” not able to stay isolated from the rest, since the absence of relationships removes important conditions for the development of personal identity and the exercise of reason. Although our first instincts maybe to react aggressively at (and with) people who pour out onto the streets, there is a need for a more universal companionate stance and recognition that the very nature of the human being is in stark contrast with the situation we are experiencing.

Moreover research shows that nourishment and movement – besides being important therapeutic convenient – are basic vehicle for communication with ourselves, others, and the world, and have a huge influence on our bio psychological balance.

Extended isolation can unfavorably affect physical and emotional health changing sleep and nutritional patterns, as well as reducing opportunities for movement.   While the levels of environmental stress continue to add, we are witnessing the deterioration of relationships.