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Prolonged Self-isolation Due To Lockdown May Make Humans Feel Depressed, Powerless, Says Israeli Professor

The coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown has made people resort to social distancing and self-isolation but according to the experts long period of isolation can have adverse effects

Prolonged Self-isolation Due To Lockdown May Make Humans Feel Depressed, Powerless, Says Israeli Professor
Highlights
  • School children suffer from boredom, but also anxiety: Prof David Leiser
  • Admit you don't know everything. Much is uncertain: Prof David Leiser
  • Government should quickly respond to COVID-19, transparently: Prof David

New Delhi: Governments around the world have been urging the people to self-isolate themselves in their homes as the deadly COVID-19 continues to spread its tentacles, killing millions and bringing our daily lives to a standstill. But how long will a person restrict himself to the four walls of a room? Researchers say that a long period of isolation and solitary confinement may make humans feel depressed and powerless. Powerlessness escalates depression and hopelessness. People feel powerless when they do not have control over everyday aspects and decisions they make.

Prof David Leiser from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev says that there are marked differences between how the people of different age groups react to the time of crisis in different ways.

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This attempt to shield oneself to mitigate the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is making young children feel the need to adjust to the change in their routine, which is so significant to them. They also need to cope with isolation from their peer group, and parents, who may become edgy, Prof Leiser said in an e-mail interview to ANI.

“School children suffer from boredom, but also anxiety. Adults have to balance family life and responsibilities, but also balance their professional lives and cope with financial worries. Older people dread the infection and worry about the continuation of services on which they depend,” he explained.

Because of the way isolation and confinement are set up, they make people feel more depressed and powerless, he added.

An online study – COVID-19 and the consequences of isolating the elderly – published in the journal ‘The Lancet’ further substantiates the fact that social isolation among older adults is a “serious public health concern” because of their heightened risk of cardiovascular, autoimmune, neurocognitive and mental health problems. People, especially the elderly, who remain at home and maintain social disconnection, are at a greater risk of depression and anxiety.

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A useful distinction is between responses directed towards others (aggressivity, blame, and sometimes acting out) or towards oneself (depression). People with less mental resources may descend into psychotic episodes, Prof Leiser stressed.

Reports about some people in quarantine arguing and misbehaving with the medical staff as well as creating ruckus in hospitals have also surfaced in recent days. In another incident, one man hanged himself in Uttar Pradesh as he feared he might catch the illness.

To safeguard the public’s ability to participate in and access information about COVID-19 and related health crisis, Prof Leiser said that government officials at all levels should move quickly to respond to COVID-19 and protect people’s health.

In doing so, transparency and public access is a necessary and important way to give those affected clarity into government decision-making during this crisis. It’s neither normal nor healthy for a democracy to hide or classify public health-related decisions or deliberations, the professor outlined.

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One can say that it was a crime on China’s part that it silenced Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor and whistle blower of the new SARS-like virus. A loyalist of China’s Communist Party, Li raised the alarm about the coronavirus at the end of December but was reprimanded by police in Wuhan, weeks before the full scale of the crisis was known. He died on February 7 after contracting the virus from patients at Wuhan Central Hospital.

Stressing communal values, empathy, making highly visible gestures to show everyone that the country cares, Prof Leiser said.

“The approach should be gentle if firm. No lies and no pink spectacles. People desperately need to be able to trust whoever is in charge,” he added.

Stress, this is limited in time; we will come out of this situation. It won’t be so long. Admit you don’t know everything. Much is uncertain. But there is hope for prevention, treatment, testing, and return to work will be possible, the professor further said.

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World

26,06,51,261Cases
22,14,73,133Active
3,39,88,797Recovered
51,89,331Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,06,51,261 and 51,89,331 have died; 22,14,73,133 are active cases and 3,39,88,797 have recovered as on November 27, 2021 at 4:06 am.

India

3,45,63,749 8,318Cases
1,07,0193,114Active
3,39,88,797 10,967Recovered
4,67,933 465Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,63,749 confirmed cases including 4,67,933 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,07,019 and 3,39,88,797 have recovered as on November 27, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,105

12,153 699

64,80,061 665

1,40,891 34

Kerala

51,24,618 4,677

50,109 2,343

50,35,384 6,632

39,125 388

Karnataka

29,94,963 402

6,640 119

29,50,130 277

38,193 6

Tamil Nadu

27,23,991 746

8,418 24

26,79,130 759

36,443 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,198 184

2,163 31

20,55,603 214

14,432 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,368 8

91 0

16,87,368 8

22,909

West Bengal

16,13,451 710

7,847 20

15,86,165 721

19,439 9

Delhi

14,40,807 23

301 8

14,15,411 31

25,095

Odisha

10,48,228 219

2,216 5

10,37,609 222

8,403 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,706 33

319 7

9,92,794 26

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,715 21

174 19

9,45,586 2

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,354 27

308 7

8,16,954 34

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,097 9

103 1

7,82,466 8

10,528

Haryana

7,71,643 21

158 2

7,61,431 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,209 5

45 1

7,16,501 6

9,663

Telangana

6,75,319 171

3,534 3

6,67,798 167

3,987 1

Assam

6,16,312 175

2,791 44

6,07,435 219

6,086

Punjab

6,03,173 41

335 21

5,86,245 18

16,593 2

Jharkhand

3,49,196 12

109 0

3,43,947 12

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,169 13

144 13

3,36,618 26

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,237 174

1,719 13

3,30,048 157

4,470 4

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,859 102

827 8

2,22,190 107

3,842 3

Goa

1,78,799 34

266 11

1,75,152 22

3,381 1

Mizoram

1,33,921 359

4,227 111

1,29,206 469

488 1

Puducherry

1,28,825 31

321 3

1,26,632 28

1,872

Manipur

1,25,098 28

674 13

1,22,456 39

1,968 2

Tripura

84,771 10

80 4

83,871 6

820

Meghalaya

84,394 16

335 4

82,591 20

1,468

Chandigarh

65,438 8

48 7

64,570 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,260 2

33 1

54,947 3

280

Sikkim

32,207 9

119 6

31,685 15

403

Nagaland

32,096 4

136 5

31,264 9

696

Ladakh

21,467 32

243 8

21,011 24

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394 11

29 11

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,678 1

3 0

7,546 1

129

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