Psychology for everyone | Reactions to the covid

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In these times of covid-19, prolonged confinement, danger of contracting the disease, etc., it is important to consider some aspects regarding health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines it as a state of physical, mental and social well-being, not only as the absence of disease. The fact of getting sick, in addition to the physical ones, has psychological and social aspects to be considered as triggers, since it supposes something more than the unique cause-effect relationship. When testing positive for covid-19, people can have different types of reaction that vary according to personality, age, previous health status (diabetes, cancer or other chronic disease), family, medical personnel who care for them, support and solidarity you receive from close friends and family. The patient and his family may experience a variety of emotional reactions from diagnosis, then treatment during illness, isolation, and convalescence.

These reactions can be fear of illness, uncertainty, pain, death. The most common is the fear of dying and uncertainty in the face of the unknown. Intensive care units are designed to physically care for the sick and isolate them (much more because of the danger of contagion) to receive specialized treatment, but they do not guarantee emotional care and attention. We can say that these reactions of anxiety, fear, sadness, are normal in an unusual situation, but attention should be paid if it lasts over time, either in the patient or in their family and seek professional help, in order to avoid a unnecessary suffering.

 

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