People around the world have been struggling to manage the initial wave of death and disrupted mental health. Now, some new shreds of evidence have emerged hinting at the second wave linked to the growing rate of mental health disruption and substance use disorder. This report has been published in the medical journal JAMA. Experts from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine have come up with the new study. The authors of the study, Dr. Naomi Simon, Dr. Glenn Saxe, and Dr. Charles Marman have said that the second wave of damage is about to emerge. They have said that the scale of this second wave will devastate the already tattered mental health system, which will lead to rising cases linked to mental health among the most vulnerable people.
Experts have warned saying that the second wave will increase the challenges such as rising deaths due to drug overdose and suicide. They have said that it will have a disproportionate impact on most vulnerable groups such as Black and Hispanic people elderly people, lower socioeconomic groups, and frontline workers. The authors of the study have said that this magnitude of deaths within such a short period will be considered as a global tragedy. People have been facing interpersonal loss due to societal disruption, said the experts. This new study says that the conversion of normal grief and stress into prolonged angst, depressive disorder, and post-traumatic turmoil is a major concern.
The report says that at least 10 percent of bereaved people go through prolonged grief. However, the authors have said that 10 percent of bereaved people might be an underestimate for grief linked to deaths due to COVID19. As per the experts, each death leaves at least nine members of the family devastated. It contributes to nearly 2 million bereaved people in the United States. Hence, the impact of deaths linked to COVID19 will be quite deep. The concern of the experts is rising psychological risk among healthcare workers. They have said that it is essential to manage the risk of mental health damage among frontline workers for dealing with recurring waves of the pandemic.