The psychological impact of large scale deaths during the second wave of Corona pandemic, is coming to the fore. The psychiatrists and psychologists are experiencing new issues to deal with every day. As if the death dance of Corona was not enough, threat of mucormycosis is looming large on the lives of people.
Although nothing specific can be stated, other health problems are stated to be side-effects of Corona infection and medicines given for its treatment. Besides expected weakness, bad effect on heart, nervous system, digestive system are being discussed. Rise in blood glucose level during treatment has been accepted by medical practitioners. Recent issue of Corona infection resulting in impotency or erectile disfunction is becoming viral.
Noted Sexologist Dr sanjay Deshpande stated the connection of Corona with impotency is being related without any evidence. The infection results in overall weakness, rise in diabetic condition etc. If at all any one is experiencing such symptoms, the reasons could be many, including psychology of the patient. Similar rumours are being spread about Covid 19 vaccines. Such rumours are not new to our country. Even after several years of eradication of polio, such rumours are rife about this vaccine.
Dr Nikhil Pande, psychiatric counselor is getting four to five cases every day, related to death of near relative due to corona. Dr Pande stated that the problems include grief because of inability to perform last rites and other rituals, helplessness during treatment of any family member etc. Complicated grief related issues sometimes result in hallucinations.
Dr Pande has advised that as soon as possible normal routine should be adopted. The routine work by following all rules like using mask, maintaining physical distance, sanitization etc, must be started to overcome the socio-psychological impact of loss of a family member.
The rough estimate states that more than 35% persons are facing psychological issues, during second wave of Covid 19. The cases are being handled, even as the second waves appears to be on the decline.
The need for counseling of the persons infected by the virus and their family members was emphasized at various forums. Trained counselors have seen its positive results during the first wave. There was dearth of counseling sessions during the second wave. The issue needs to be understood and taken seriously, as the possibility of third wave has not been ruled out totally.