COVID-19 and New Psycho-Social Issues

COVID-19 and New Psycho-Social Issues | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

COVID-19 outbreak sets new challenges to psycho-social issues

      WHY IN NEWS:

The COVID-19 pandemic is preparing us to adapt to a diverse way of living with positives and major negatives that directly or indirectly affect our mental states

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: 4 : Health:Diseases : Behavioural Patterns

      LEARNING: 

It is important to understand overall impact of COVID-19 on society as a whole . This is the time wherein we have to find multiple ways of defeating pandemic for our survival .

      ISSUE: 

The COVID-19 pandemic is preparing us to adapt to a diverse way of living with positives and major negatives that directly or indirectly affect our mental states

STUDIED BY

  • A recent study of the impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
  • This was conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).

IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS

SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND HEALTH IMPACTS

  • Adults who suffered from chronic breathlessness.
  • Children who had acute respiratory conditions and
  • Women with gynaecological problems.

EMPLOYMENT SCENARIO

  • Around 27 per cent and 30 per cent of the households had no income during the lockdown.
  • Urban households (43 per cent) reported more loss of income compared to their rural counterparts (24 per cent).

There was a severe impact for households that relied on casual labour

  • 81 per cent in Odisha agreed some reduction in income.
  • The impact of the lockdown is above and beyond economic impacts.

SOCIETAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ELEMENTS

  • These are a new instances most of us can relate to in this world of the ‘new normal’.
  • The lockdown intensified the number of those who became frustrated and depressed.

There is an upsurge in social issues, including psychological disorders, domestic violence, suicides, etc.

  • Children are getting depressed as well.

Depression affects 264 million people around the world due to no contact with their peer groups and minimal physical activities.

  • This pandemic is preparing us to adapt to a diverse way of living.

EFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH

These include a risk of depression and anxiety.

  • Sense of detachment.
  • Loneliness.
  • Fear of losing our loved ones.
  • Stressing about our futures.

COVID-19: COMMON REACTIONS

As the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching implications continue to unfold globally .

It’s normal for people to experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions including:

  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed
  • Anxiety, worry, or fear
  • Racing thoughts
  • Sadness, tearfulness, loss of interest in usual enjoyable activities
  • Physical symptoms, such as increased heart rate, stomach upset, fatigue, or other uncomfortable sensations
  • Frustration, irritability, or anger
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Feeling helpless
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
  • Feeling disconnected from others
  • Apprehension about going to public spaces
  • Trouble relaxing

COVID-19 and New Psycho-Social Issues

COVID-19 and New Psycho-Social Issues

STRESS MANAGEMENT

India has a rich culture of living in a close-knitted environment.

  • This showed how stressed an individual can become from fewer social interactions.
  • The absence of opportunities for physical gatherings, to a large extent, causes depression in a certain set of people in society.
  • Stress is always a result of external repercussions and is presently coming from all directions.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Dealing with such hard-hitting conditions, it’s our human tendency to hunt for a support system.
  • Care and reliability from others

Especially in rural India, with its amalgamation of care and support from neighbours, who are treated as family adherents.
 

  • This season of insecurity has worried the populace economically, socially and psychologically.
  • There is an urgency to build a system of ‘living cooperation’ to overcome the increasing dread of social-distancing and isolation.

”The only feasible way of defeating the pandemic is containing and eradicating it for our survival.”

     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | COVID-19 and New Psycho-Social Issues | UPSC

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