As the world continues to adapt and accept that it needs to live with COVID-19, the events of the past months will have an ever-lasting impact on mental health. People went through numerous shocks, impacting their lifestyles, income and perceived notion of normality. People’s sources of entertainment were taken away from them and many had their livelihoods placed at risk. In this article, we shall be discussing some ways how the COVID-19 pandemic will influence people mentally in the long-term.
Fear of crowds
As many countries around the world seek to re-establish a sense of normality, in view of the ongoing vaccination campaigns, we would still expect some people to avoid crowds and packed areas. Some people would feel concerned when they are in restaurants or pools that are occupied to their full capacity. This would potentially hinder them from frequenting such places, opting for more secluded spaces for their entertainment.
Fear of people
Although this can be perceived as extreme by many, there are those who still avoid encounters with other people. Some people may get paranoid during an encounter, maintaining distance and wearing masks, keeping the conversation to a minimal. The fear would be accelerated if someone sneezes or coughs, with expressions of discomfort following.
Fear of investing
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, investments were perceived to be positive as there was a general good feel due to the multiple opportunities for high returns. Due to the economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many would think twice before parting with their liquidity to invest. Even as the impacts of the pandemic wane, we can expect a few years of excessive cautiousness as people would be worried that another issue may arise which could disrupt markets both locally and globally.
Fear of another pandemic
At some point, the COVID-19 pandemic will be brought to a halt. It is not a question of if, but rather when. People may still consider that another pandemic can crop up in a couple of years. Considering the impacts of deforestation and the closer encounters between man and animals, the prospect of another pandemic might not be too far-fetched. A pandemic can spread unnoticed as many would be infected before anyone notices the trend. It is also possible that a future pandemic may have the capacity of similar transmission speed and higher mortality rates, which would really bring about havoc.
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