May 18, 2020
How is COVID-19 set to impact emotional wellbeing?

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly reconfigured the world as we know it – and a mental health crisis could be waiting in its aftermath. Canvas8 spoke to Staci K. Haines, the author of The Politics of Trauma, to understand how the outbreak is set to challenge and change our emotional wellbeing.

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It only took a few months for COVID-19 to reconfigure life as we know it, yet while face masks and deserted city streets have become common sights around the world, not all of the pandemic’s impacts are set to be as visible. Experts have cautioned that a second crisis could follow hot on the heels of the virus – that of declining mental and social wellbeing. [1] According to research carried out in late March and early April, 55% of US adults felt the crisis had affected their mental health and 19% described its impacts as ‘major’. [2][3] In the UK, the government’s lockdown announcement in March resulted in an immediate spike in depression and anxiety levels, and in the space of two weeks, the proportion of people who’d experienced loneliness over the previous fortnight rose from 10% to 24%. [4][5]