The widespread impact of COVID-19 on healthcare systems brought by the pandemic has led to deaths that are not a direct result of infection. A letter published in the journal Circulation explains how COVID-19 can increase the risk of death, even in people who are never infected.
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.
The current COVID-19 pandemic is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that spreads between humans, primarily through respiratory droplets. However, recent studies demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 is excreted in feces and can survive in water for up to 25 days, raising the possibility that wastewater provides a separate mode of spread for this coronavirus.
Coronaviruses like SARS-CoV2 – which is responsible for COVID-19 – cause illness by infecting the lungs. But the impact of these viruses can be far wider. The truth is, COVID-19 can be heartbreaking.
These times can be especially alarming for many pregnant and new parents because there does not seem to be enough research, let alone digestible information to communicate what to expect. For this reason, I sought to understand what the data says about COVID-19 exposure and transmission in pregnancy and newborns.