We have grown so frightened of each other with the COVID-19 pandemic
The threat of viral transmission can alter our psychological responses to casual interactions, causing humans to behave in unexpected ways.
There is rarely a threat of disease that can control our mind as the COVID-19 did in 2020. And it will continue for a long time still.
For weeks, almost all newspapers featured stories about the coronavirus pandemic on their front pages.
Radio and TV programs broadcast the latest news about the dead and the number of infections.
Depending on who follows, social media platforms were filled with terrifying statistics, practical advice or strong and dry humour. All were focused on the pandemic that our heads are now filled with it.
DIRECT EFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH
As some have reported, this continuous bombardment of information can result in increased anxiety and can have a direct effect on our mental health.
But the sense of constant threat may have another, more dangerous effect on our psychology.
Everyone must be suspicious of each other because like the respiratory disease 2019-nCoV infection can cause mild symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever.
This condition can get worse for some people and can lead to pneumonia or difficulty breathing. Thus resulting in a COVID-19 infection.
This disease is rarely fatal, but it is a toll on humans. Mistrust, lockdowns, enforcement of emergency laws, change of living patterns and you name it…
We have seen it all in Indonesia including the lack of access to food and aid and the direct result of its influence on our minds.
Parents and people who have a previous medical history, such as diabetes and heart disease, are more prone to developing severe conditions if they are exposed to this virus.
Hospitals are also not easy to accept patients for treatment. Medical treatment is not cheap in Indonesia.
As a result, everyone seems to wish one thing: That is to keep their distance from each other!
If someone sneezes a little, people directly avoid the person or are upset that the person sneezed near them.
Whether infected or not, we are all behaving as if we are all sick with COVID, we can’t go anywhere, no one dares to leave the house, all shopping is online.
We are becoming contactless just to avoid the disease that is not going away in Indonesia or in Medan, where I live!