Masking Anxieties About COVID-19

As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed Carolyn’s article – thought-provoking and with more than a dash of humour. The last paragraph has me chuckling! I often wonder too why people don’t seem to like people continuing to wear a mask. But, seriously… as my husband and I are both “vulnerable,” health-wise and age-wise, we will continue wearing ours – if you don’t mind (and if you do, well that’s just too bad!) PS I agree, Carolyn – Facebook “friends” are a bit strange sometimes!

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Thirty years ago, the World Federation For Mental Health designated October 10 as World Mental Health Day. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating the planet, an article was published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, to mark the day. It summarised the mental health risks posed by the catastrophe:

“The threat of infection, repeated lockdowns, social isolation, and economic uncertainty have created widespread fear and anxiety …. Many people who previously thought themselves unaffected by mental health issues have discovered that they, too, are vulnerable. Those with pre-existing mental health conditions have often found their difficulties increased. The precise neurological and psychiatric consequences of infection, meanwhile, remain unknown but demand careful monitoring.”

Mask mandates were a contentious matter, provoking sustained anxiety. Protesters decided on principle that they would not submit to wearing a mask, even if it was, supposedly, for their own good. Now that the…

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