How COVID anxiety and personal distress lead to an increase in depression cases | COVID-19 Special

The pandemic has turned many peoples life upside down. In many cases the fear of getting infected and losing one’s job have led to depression. There’s a rise in alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, panic attacks and suicide. Some anti-anxiety medication is out of stock in Portugal. Anti-depressants are up by as much as 11 percent. Some doctors believe lockdowns and self-isolation are more damaging to society than the virus itself. Depression is still a taboo is some countries, for example in Nigeria. it’s estimated one in four people struggle with mental illness in Africa’s most populous nation.
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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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