Physical Safety Vs. Mental Health

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Julia Dun Rappaport, Staff Writer

COVID-19 has put a strain on so many of the things that people used to engage in. From school and work to seeing friends and family, the coronavirus has changed a lot about everyone’s day to day lives. Everyone has different thoughts on COVID safety, including actions such as wearing masks, staying home, and social distancing. 

However, there is so much about this virus up in the air. Some prioritize physical safety, and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the letter. Agatha Jordan, who is in 8th grade, said, “Remembering that we are in a pandemic is very important because I think that when we are with friends or people that are important to us it can be easy to forget and try to go back to normal… It is easy to go with the mindset ‘I trust these people, they don’t have Covid.’ In reality, you really don’t know.” Assuming that the people one is with are not sick can be idealistic and dangerous. 

Although staying away from crowds and people, and keeping six feet of distance between people is an effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID, these strategies can isolate individuals, and have shown to have damaging effects to mental health. 

Many people have ignored the CDC guidelines, and participated in what many regard as dangerous activities such as going to concerts, bars, or other crowded places. 

However, there is more to safety than just not getting sick. During these new and often worrisome times, mental health is becoming an increasing safety issue.   

According to www.cdc.gov, “Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.” The pandemic has brought more than just sickness, it has also brought some serious mental health issues such as increased rates of depression and self-harm. 

In such anomalous times, it is difficult to dictate what actually is safe. It is important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health, and individuals should be conscious and careful about both. 

***If you or someone you know is suffering from serious mental health issues, please take action. Call 911, or the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English and 1-888-628-945 to hear Spanish.***