How COVID-19 May Impact Mental Health
Mar 2, 2020
By Cami Rosso, The Future Brain
The recent reported outbreaks and fatalities of the COVID-19 disease may impact mental health by elevating anxiety worldwide. COVID-19 is the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A quick query on Google for COVID-19 returns well over half a billion results.
Before the emergence of COVID-19, anxiety disorders already rank as one of the most common mental health problems globally. According to University of Oxford research, anxiety disorders, the most widespread of mental health disorders, impacted an estimated 284 million people in 2017 worldwide. In the U.S. alone, anxiety disorders affect an estimated 40 million adults according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.