Will Medical Workers Deal With PTSD After COVID-19?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly linked with war veterans. This mental health condition however can be triggered by suffering or witnessing any terrifying event like accidents, natural disasters,  violent experience – or a disastrous pandemic. It comes as no surprise that medical health professionals and other people in the frontline of the fight against coronavirus are expected to have a surge in trauma-related illnesses, particularly PTSD. Beside protecting and helping personnel physically as well as mentally, there are also digital health solutions that can come to the rescue. A Canadian research on PTSD among nurses estimated a prevalence of as high as 40 percent. With COVID-19, these numbers will surely rise, and not only in the Great White North. There’s a shortage of protective equipment for hospital workers practically all over the world, and although the cheering of the crowds may sound elevating, that won’t ease the fear and anxiety these people have every time they enter the hospitals. Experiencing the everyday horror of the virus, the death toll it takes and the loss of medical staff and others in the frontline further elevates the stress levels, adding further tension to this high-pressure job. And there’s also the fear of working next to fellow staff members who might be COVID-19 positive. Source: https://time.com/ At first Chinese nurses shared their pictures of the marks their protective gears had left on ...
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