The psychological impact of quarantine and COVID19
The Covid19 pandemic has generated various reactions in people. Even though most of the people agree that staying home is the best -if not the only- way to slowly stop corona virus, every week is getting harder and harder to deal with the side effects of the confinement. Specially in those countries were the quarantine is very strict and for those living in the big cities with minimum habitability conditions.
Despite of the fact that this generation is incredibly well-trained and with a great ability to adapt to the new challenges and technologies, they still have many problems to manage anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, as expected, more and more people are having insomnia, anger or stress for the situation.
Also, as mentioned in the British magazine “The Lancet” the evidence that the impacts of social isolation can still be detected months or years later. Also according to Samantha Brooks, who has studied the psychological impact of quarantine at King’s College London, Alexander Chouker, a physician researcher who studies stress immunology at the University of Munich, “The pure fact of being confined affects the body. If you change your environment in a quite extreme way, it is changing you.” and “Being confined and isolated affects the human physiology as a whole,” Chouker says.
Overall, depriving people of their liberty for the wider public good is often contentious and needs to be handled carefully. If quarantine is essential, then our results suggest that officials should take every measure to ensure that this experience is as tolerable as possible for people.