2020: Jumanji Or Dystopia

“There’s No Going Back to ‘Normal’”, crudely proclaims the headline of a June piece from The Atlantic. “The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires” reads a recent Wired article. One of our own April articles was titled “Will Medical Workers Deal With PTSD After COVID-19?”. If it wasn’t clear, an article published earlier this year in The Conversation rightly asks: “Are we living in a dystopia?”.  Indeed, what was once relegated to the fertile minds of fiction novelists has become daily occurrences. Many are drawing similarities to “prophetic” works of fiction such as the civil unrest in anime Akira; or our over-reliance on deliveries and need to self-isolate as depicted in the Death Stranding video game. From bushfires through riots to the pestering COVID-19, 2020 feels like a fever dream we must experience lucidly. Source: http://robotconsumer.com/ Even though only a little more than half of the year has elapsed, our global experience of it so far can be summarized in one word: dystopian. However, even this term might need some revision. The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘dystopia’ as “a very bad or unfair society in which there is a lot of suffering, especially an imaginary society in the future after something terrible has happened.” Merriam Webster’s definition of the same word is that of “an imagined world or society in w...
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Publication date: 5 February 2021Source: Journal of Molecular Structure, Volume 1225Author(s): Yuqing Wu, Rui Fausto
Source: Journal of Molecular Structure - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: 5 February 2021Source: Journal of Molecular Structure, Volume 1225Author(s): Abhijit Chhetri, Sailesh Chettri, Pranesh Rai, Dipu Kumar Mishra, Biswajit Sinha, Dhiraj Brahman
Source: Journal of Molecular Structure - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Little is known about the mental health consequences of severe COVID-19 illness because it is caused by a new coronavirus. Previous outbreaks caused by other coronaviruses (severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS, and Middle East respiratory syndrome, MERS) may provide insights into ongoing problems after recovery from severe illness. Researchers looked at reports of psychiatric problems during SARS and MERS outbreaks and compared this to early data from the COVID-19 pandemic. Delirium (sudden confusion) was common while patients were in hospital with any of the coronavirus infections (SARS, MERS or COVID-19). Later, once ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Abstract Infection-triggered perturbation of the immune system could induce psychopathology, and psychiatric sequelae were observed after previous coronavirus outbreaks. The spreading of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could be associated with psychiatric implications. We investigated the psychopathological impact of COVID-19 in survivors, also considering the effect of clinical and inflammatory predictors. We screened for psychiatric symptoms 402 adults surviving COVID-19 (265male,meanage58), at one month follow-up after hospital treatment. A clinical interview and a battery ...
Source: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Brain Behav Immun Source Type: research
This article discusses the value of studying past social and psychological responses to pandemics and natural disasters in understanding reactions to coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19). By examining severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) experiences ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
We reported on how digital health came to the spotlight early on. As we learn more about the disease, we see digital health technologies increasingly getting adopted in this context. We created an infographic to summarize all the digital health tech efforts against this pandemic.  This will help caregivers and policymakers understand how we can rely on technologies in the fight against the novel coronavirus; and which sectors and phases of healthcare are aided by digital health. In our infographic, listed on the Y-axis are the technologies making a significant impact in the fight against the pandemic. Indicated ...
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The mental health of health care professionals in general, and nursing staff in particular, has been challenged in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak throughout the world. During previous outbreaks such as severe acute respiratory syndrome, psychological distress in frontline emergency nursing staff appeared gradually. Fear, anxiety, depression, psychological symptoms, post-traumatic symptoms, and a general decrease in overall well-being were observed.1 Isolation, high-risk working conditions, and direct contact with infected individuals could now become immediate factors of mental health...
Source: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN - Category: Nursing Tags: LETTER Source Type: research
As a critical care doctor in New York City, Monica is used to dealing with high-octane situations and treating severely ill patients. But she says the COVID-19 outbreak is unlike anything she’s seen before. Over the past few weeks, operating rooms have been transformed into ICUs, physicians of all backgrounds have been drafted into emergency room work, and two of her colleagues became ICU patients. While Monica is proud of her coworkers for rising to the challenge, she says it’s been hard for them to fight a prolonged battle against a deadly, highly contagious illness with no known cure. To make matters worse,...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news
I have studied the psychological effects of pandemics – and even a few weeks of isolation can cause lasting anxiety• Coronavirus latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageI knew a pandemic was coming, but I didn ’t think it would be so soon. In the weeks before the outbreak of Covid-19 began in Wuhan, I was putting the finishing touches to a book about the psychology of pandemics. In my work as a clinical psychologist, I had spent years studying past outbreaksand examining what they could teach us about the psychological effects of the next virus.Based on the hallmarks of previous pandemics, som...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Epidemics Psychology Psychiatry Society Anxiety Mental health Post-traumatic stress disorder Research Sars Flu pandemic US news Canada Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: Amid the range of psychosocial responses seen in past infectious disease outbreaks, practical considerations for the current COVID-19 pandemic need to focus on the individual in the context of the larger social environment, with an emphasis on raising awareness of the range of possible psychosocial responses, access to psychological help, self- care, empowering self-support groups and sustained engagement with updated, reliable information about the outbreak. PMID: 32241071 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Singapore Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Singapore Med J Source Type: research
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