The physical health impacts of COVID-19 have been well highlighted in the media. However, less discussed are the consequences that the stress of a pandemic in general – and quarantine measures in particular – have on mental health. Research from Australia shines a light on how the current pandemic has affected mental health, specifically the conditions of social isolation and loneliness.
COVID-19 is known as an illness of the respiratory system, but the cardiovascular system has emerged as a critical player in the disease. Pre-existing cardiovascular conditions are linked with higher rates of mortality, and the virus can damage the cardiovascular system, causing potentially long-term injury.
People with compromised immune systems or other health challenges understandably have high rates of mortality from COVID-19. But why does COVID-19 have an unusually large impact among some racialized and ethnic groups? Studies suggest that systemic discrimination against minorities, especially Black communities, is a driving factor that leaves these populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.