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This commentary focuses on the mental health consequences such as anxiety and depression due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting requirement of physical distancing.
The authors present strategies to overcome these issues across age groups, from children to the elderly. They emphasize the need for mental health care providers and systems to gear up in anticipation of the challenges to delivering care in the face of this unprecedented pandemic.
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Since the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was diagnosed in December 2019, it has swept across the world and galvanized global action. This has brought unprecedented efforts to institute the practice of physical distancing (called in most cases “social distancing”) in countries all over the world, resulting in changes in national behavioral patterns and shutdowns of usual day-to-day functioning.
While these steps may be critical to mitigate the spread of this disease, they will undoubtedly have consequences for mental health and well-being in both the short and long term. These consequences are of sufficient importance that immediate efforts focused on prevention and direct intervention are needed to address the impact of the outbreak on individual and population level mental health.