We’ve seen responses to the disease ranging from panic to denial.
- People screaming “I’m dying” in a medical facility because they have a sore throat.
- A 47-year-old in NJ cited by police for throwing a “corona party in lof a public gathering ban. On the same note, a birthday party in Connecticut resulted in 20 of the 40 women attending getting the virus. Instant karma.
Now, most people don’t die from this virus, although there will be more people dead this year than would have been expected. An estimate form the University of Washington suggests a range of fatalities from the virus of between 32,000 and 168,000 Americans. However, that may be low, as there is reason to believe that deaths to date are under-reported. For some deaths, authorities are awaiting test results to determine whether to classify a death as virus related. There’s no rush to process tests for the deceased.
Do young people die? Well, until this afternoon, the youngest reported deceased from the virus was age 30. Today, a newborn in Chicago died. The baby was apparently infected prior to birth. However, hospitals are starting to ban husbands and other support people from delivery rooms due to unexpected infections. If someone isn’t showing symptoms, they can still infect hospital personnel, and there are only so many obstetricians to go around.
There’s no doubt that Covid-19 complicates lives. The US Air Force Academy now has 5 Covid cases, and one suicide, although it’s not clear that the suicide and infections were related.(2) There was a suicide in India over fear of infection.(3) Chicago has seen a spike in calls to the suicide prevention hotline due to the virus.(4)
Writing in Psychology Today, Glenn Sullivan notes that the suicide rate increased by 50% in the US after the 1929 stock market crash.(5) Yet this is a very different environment. With the usual government slowness in reporting, it may be two years before we know what actually is happening now.
The question is how people choose to deal with it. The extremes (panic and denial) don’t work, and usually cause problems for others.
Writing in Benefits Pro Magazine, C. J. Marwitz offers a number of free resources for people facing mental health issues. I’m not repeating them here. The link is (1) below.
Be safe and be sane. This will pass eventually. But take every day as a give, not for granted.