Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare workers
Currently, the pandemic wave of Coronavirus is the ultimate challenge to the health sector. The medical crisis, although addressed by World Health Organization (WHO), research centres and hospitals, has engulfed the economy, political interferences and social norms of the world. From news channels to internet and newspapers the trending topic is the deadly virus. By now most of the people know what this virus does to a patient. However, those who surround the patient all the time from admission till recovery or expiry they also have to come face-to-face with the enemy. Apparently, COVID-19 is proved as not only a threat to the diverse population on Earth but it is also a potent risk to the health workers to which they are exposed.
Exhaustion and homesickness
Healthworkers are the superheroes of the current times. They have been selflessly offering services without thinking about themselves and their families waiting for them back at home. Doctors, nurses and paramedic staff around the world are serving for longer hours to keep themselves updated with the condition of patients. They grow tired and agitated and also homesick. They know very well their chances to contract the virus are too high therefore to keep their parents, kids and spouse safe they find it suitable to stay away from them. Imagine not being able to hug your loved ones after a long tiring day at work. The exhaustion leads to anxiety and symptoms of depression.
Uncertainty over skills and abilities
Health workers are doing the double they did before the pandemic wave. Inside the white coats are the human beings who have to make quick decisions about saving one and letting other go because of shortage of supplies. Although they are titled to be saviors but even they ache when they see someone die right there in their arms. In this time of crisis, health workers are seeing tens and hundreds of patients dying in front of them. The sense of defeat seeps through them and the grief sets in. With every new death the sense of doubt over their abilities and skills is watered. They don’t find themselves enough for the protection of people who need them the most in this tough time. The fear of contracting virus combined with the fear of losing the next patient has put the mental health of health workers in shambles.
Critical scrutiny by public and media
Healthworkers ask you one thing to do: stay at home. Their job is to do their best to help the patient recover. Since it is a medical crisis therefore health workers are the prime victims of scrutiny. Their jobs are analyzed by every angle. The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) are surely protective but they are not comfortable. Putting them on and taking them off is a hassle. It becomes too humid after wearing them for long hours. Masks and eye-gear leave marks on face which are not so pleasant.The claustrophobic feeling of being caged triggers anxiety and frustration.
Would it be easy to leave it behind after everything is overed?
No. It is more likely that the health workers will go through the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).