The Corona Virus and Mental Health

62% of health care workers say COVID-19 is impacting mental health

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the mental health of frontline health care workers. Highlights from the new KFF/Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey, finds that among frontline healthcare workers:

 •  A majority (62%) say worry or stress related to COVID-19 has a negative impact on their mental health.
 •  More than half (56%) say that worry or stress related to COVID-19 has caused them to experience trouble
    with sleeping or sleeping too much (47%), frequent headaches or stomachaches (31%), or increased
    alcohol or drug use (16%).
 •  13% say they have received mental health services or medication specifically due to worry or stress
    related  to COVID-19 and an additional one in five (18%) say they thought they might need such services,
    but did not get them.

 Source: KFF/The Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey. April 6, 2021.

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    The risk to children: When it comes to covid, kids have largely been spared. They can get infected and spread the virus, but they have little risk of becoming seriously ill or dying. Yet, just like adults, they can have symptoms that persist well beyond the initial infection. This condition is often referred to as “long” covid. Symptoms in kids mirror those seen in adults: fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headache, loss of taste or smell, respiratory problems, chest tightness or pain, and heart palpitations.

    What we know: Even in countries with high vaccination rates, the virus is still circulating among children, the vast majority of whom are either yet to be vaccinated, or ineligible for vaccination. There are only a handful of studies to draw on for kids and long covid, but data from the UK suggests that 10-13% of kids who test positive for covid have symptoms for more than five weeks. Rates from studies in other countries are lower.

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