With coronavirus spreading to more than 140 countries, people all around the globe are recommended to quarantine themselves at home. Social distancing, as a preventive method will not only act as a preventive measure for COVID-19 but will also keep others safe and sound.
For how long can people quarantine themselves? While all major malls, theatres and public places are shut across the country, people are advised to step out of their homes only in emergency.
Will coronavirus lead to another situation of epidemic for the world, which is loneliness?
Loneliness: A health problem
Even though people are being asked to quarantine themselves at home, it might give rise to another problem which is, loneliness. Being at home and cutting yourself from the outside world might work for a few days, but if the pandemic is not controlled soon, then situations may get far more worse. This is a great difficult for the elderly and those who live alone.
Loneliness is said to give rise to other health issues such as depression, slower immune system, inflammation and heart diseases. On the health consequences of social isolation and loneliness in older adults National Academies of Sciences reported the following-
Social isolation has been linked to an increased risk of premature mortality from all causes:
- 50 percent increased risk of developing dementia
- 29 percent increased risk of incident coronary heart disease
- 25 percent increased risk for cancer mortality
- 59 percent increased risk of functional decline
- 32 percent increased risk of stroke.”
Facing social recession
Though social distancing is a much-needed thing to do, in order to save ourselves, it might give rise to social recession at a certain point. It is also said that coronavirus’ after effects will not only give birth to an economic recession but, unfortunately a social recession too.
‘Working from home’ might sound to be a cool idea at start but you might feel the monotony of the task with time. If the quarantine period increases, you would definitely feel the need of getting your life back on track . Loneliness might hit the elderly to a great extent, who are the most prone ones,
Majority of our grandparents like going to the marketplace, meet their friends, going to the park as an effort to keep them occupied. But in a condition like this, they are restricted in the four walls of their home. At this point, it should be the duty of the family to keep them accompanied and make them feel valued.
Below are some ideas on how to manage your feelings of loneliness during these times.Below are some ideas on how to manage your feelings of loneliness during these times.
Even if you are isolated at home, try to keep to a regular schedule as much as possible. While loneliness can feel like it will never end, trying to make these days feel as “normal” as possible will help you to get through.
While it’s easy to focus exclusively on how to manage your mental health and loneliness directly during a crisis, we sometimes forget that our physical and mental health are delicately intertwined.
Another contributor to feelings of loneliness can be a loss of sense of meaning. If you are finding that you feel not just bored, but also as though you are losing your sense of self, then a loss of meaning might be affecting you.
Perhaps the best thing you can do to combat loneliness during this period of isolation is to connect with others in non-traditional ways.
Place calls using video chat services like Facetime or Zoom
Post on social media or respond to other’s posts on social media
Stay in touch by texting or instant messenger
5. Connect Online Through
Joining QuarantineChat, a service specifically set up to help people connect during quarantine.