COVID Study: 1/5 Survivors Develop Mental Illness, Death Projections Rise
A study published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal this week says 20% of coronavirus patients develop some form of new mental illness afterward, the most common being anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Meanwhile, the University of Washingtons Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is projecting more than 399,000 U.S. citizens will have died from coronavirus by February of 2021.
The number of people in the UK with mental health issues has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to research by the UK's Centre for Mental Health, a staggering 10 million people - almost 20 percent of the population - will need either new or extra help as a direct consequence of the crisis.
Of those, 1.5 million are children and teenagers, those worst affected are from disadvantaged backgrounds and discriminated against communities.
Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from Stockport, UK. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world with psychosocial disabilities have been shackled or kept in close confinement at least once in their lives, a new report from Human Rights Watch says.
The New York-based rights group found evidence of shackling in 60 low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Its ‘Living in Chains' investigation uncovered evidence of people with real or perceived mental health conditions being held in unsanitary and cramped conditions that force them to eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in the same space. Individuals are often chained to other people, further denying their privacy. Many of those held are children.
The organisation is now calling for a worldwide ban on the shackling and close confinement of people with mental health disabilities, as well as greater efforts to improve access to medical treatment and support at the primary care level.
In this episode of The Stream we'll delve into the details of the new Human Rights Watch report and consider what action is needed to combat the practice of shackling vulnerable people with psychosocial disabilities. Rescue teams on Saturday plowed through concrete blocks and debris of eight collapsed buildings in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 26 people. More than 800 others were injured. The death toll from an earthquake off the coast of Turkey, near the city of Izmir, is rising, as rescuers rush to find survivors in the rubble. More than 20 people are now confirmed dead and at least 400 others injured. The magnitude 7 quake struck in the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the Turkish coast. Much of the damage is in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, where several buildings were brought to the ground.