No one has forgotten the devastating effects of Covid-19 on everyday life. Lockdown, quarantine, and social distancing have become the new norm of life. The virus has taken a toll on millions of lives and put an existential threat to enterprises. So far, we have seen many variants of Covid, including the alpha, beta, and delta variants. Now, the most contagious and lethal variant, Omicron, is taking a toll on people’s lives both physically and psychologically.
Medical experts have stated that Omicron is the most contagious variant and spreads at the fastest rate. Its more common symptoms include loss of taste, smell, fever, and cough. Its less common symptoms include headache, sore throat, discoloration of toes or fingers, aches, and pain. Severe symptoms include shortness or difficulty breathing, confusion or chest pain, and loss of mobility and speech. Covid can damage many body organs such as kidneys, lungs, hearts, and brains. In some people, it has led to prolonged health issues.
The mutation rate of Omicron is very high and fast. This means that governments may decide to implement lockdowns worldwide again. This could ruin people’s plans for the new year and Christmas. Even if people take boosters and other precautions, Omicron can still become a super spreader.
Apart from the physical impact of Covid, its psychological impact cannot be ignored. People have faced lockdowns in their countries for two years, leading to isolation and grief due to separation from their friends, relatives, and loved ones. Loss of jobs has caused fear and insecurity in people across the globe. As a result, billions of people suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety, fear, insomnia, and depression. Untreated mental health conditions can lead to panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke, agitation, delirium, gastrointestinal distress, pains, aches, heart attacks, obesity, and increased rate of attacks.
If you are suffering from depression and anxiety, get medical help immediately. Help for treating anxiety and depression is available. Doctors suggest medicines which are very effective in treating any kind of anxiety. Don’t hesitate to talk about anxiety and other symptoms of mental illness. Living with mental illness is not easy but it can be managed with proper treatment.