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Covid-19 may cause global tsunami of mental health problems

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Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that Covid-19 pandemic will cause a global tsunami of mental health problems.

Mental health problems were already a leading cause of suffering and the most neglected health issue globally before the pandemic,” said study author Vikram Patel from Harvard University in the US.

“The pandemic will, through worsening the social determinants of mental health, fuel a worsening of this crisis,” Patel added.

The study, scheduled to be presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID) in the US, revealed that the pressures on mental health, that already existed in abundance before this global pandemic, are increasing at an alarming rate.

There are so many issues which affect large sections of the population, including worries about jobs and income security, social exclusion, school closures and working from home creating huge pressure on families,” Patel said.

“There are also disruptions to medical services and care, potential domestic violence situations, and the varying levels of fear people have of being infected by this new virus,” he stressed.

The pandemic threatens to reverse years of global development, including in the countries that can least afford to start going backwards.

In August 2020, World Bank President David Malpass predicted as many as 100 million people will be pushed back into extreme poverty.

As a result of the global economic recession, the mental health tsunami is going to sweep through all countries, rich and poor.

“The 2008 recession, which largely affected only the US, was followed by a wave of ‘deaths of despair’ in the US, driven by suicide and substance use,” Patel said.

He pointed out that Covid-19 arrived, there was already a global mental health crisis.

According to the researchers, the relative burden of mental and substance use disorders increased by nearly 50 per cent in the past 25 years.

“These disorders now account for one in every ten years of lost health globally and suicide rates in young people are rising in many countries,” the study authors wrote.

“I believe the pandemic presents a historic opportunity to reimagine mental health care, by realising the science which demonstrates that we must reframe mental health beyond a narrow focus on diagnoses, doctors and drugs,” Patel concluded.

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Lucknow Police Commissioner, his wife & son got corona positive.

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Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujeet Pandey, his wife and son have tested positive for Covid-19, sources in the police department said on Monday. All three of them have minor symptoms and are completely out of danger. They have quarantined themselves at home after consulting with doctors, sources added.

The development comes on a day when the total number of positive cases in the state reached 4,72,077 with 1,814 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours. Out of this, at least 4,38,521 patients have recovered, maintaining the recovery rate close to 93 per cent. The toll rose to 6,902, of which 21 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, while the state recorded 26,654 active cases.

Lucknow added 257 new cases in the list. Among the remaining new cases, 120 were recorded from Gautam Buddha Nagar, 117 from Varanasi and 100 from Prayagraj.

Five deaths were reported in Lucknow in the last 24 hours. According to the state data, 1,12,650 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of samples tested so far was over 1.41 crore. As of now, for every 10 lakh people in Uttar Pradesh, nearly 62,843 samples have been tested.

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