No doubt the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people’s mental health. Particularly hard hit, according to the World Health Organization, are health and other frontline workers, people living alone, students, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions. But there are no specific groups that get targeted by the malaise. Fear, anxiety and insecurity are our constant companions early on in the pandemic, and at this late stage. AND beyond. Our mental health has been played havoc with. To make the bad situation worse, services for mental, neurological and substance-use disorders have been severely disrupted.
Masks reduce the risk of COVID transmission. And the good news is that they need no longer be terribly dull, thanks to the advent of masks made of cloth. If cloth masks have become so popular, it’s because they let creativity take wing. They allow for infinite combinations of colors, patterns and styles you’d actually love to wear them as smart fashion complement if not to make a stand! A blessing for people in countries like Spain where wearing face masks is mandatory in all public places, indoor and outdoor.
Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe: “Mission to Spain concluded yesterday: deeply impressed by heroism of frontline workers, solidarity of people and inspiring resolve of Government. Careful optimism as result of bold measures, innovative approaches & courageous decisions.”
“The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus “a global public health emergency”. The good news is that trials of a Zika vaccine will likely start in September this year (2016) though a vaccine ready for the general public won’t be available until the beginning of 2018. “
Spain has it all: the lightness and the darkness, the angel and the devil, but the balance registers positive