If Covid-19 has taught me anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, no matter what. COVID came out of nowhere, infiltrating our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined, throwing us through multiple loops, and challenging everyone to step into the “new normal.” Throughout my research on Covid-19, I’ve learned so many different things about it, including common symptoms/what it is like to have the virus, the affect it has on mental health, and the everyday interferences it has.
Starting with the mental health side of COVID, it has, understandably, taken its toll on many peoples mental health. The lives of millions of people have been altered, creating great change, stress, and anxiety about money, food, jobs, and school. The anxiety and stress about these issues can lead to increased mental health issues, as talked about by Robby Berman in his article, “US Cases of Depression Have Tripled During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/us-cases-of-depression-have-tripled-during-the-covid-19-pandemic. Berman first explains that according to a major study taken during the pandemic at Boston University, researchers “estimate that more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults now report experiencing symptoms of depression,” (Berman, 2020). He then goes on to explain that the reasons for this increase in depression and anxiety among young adults can include, “death of a friend or loved one,” “financial worries,” and “loss of personal income.” The stress of not knowing where your next meal will come from or whether or not you’ll be able to keep your house can cause anyone to spiral into mental health issues, which sadly, is not avoidable with the current pandemic.
Now, when talking about the symptoms of Covid-19 and how it affects the body, I’ve learned so much from the research I’ve done, as well as my personal experiences. Back before COVID was announced and it was widely feared, the beginning of January, I fell very ill. I had a 103 degree fever, body aches, fatigue, and widespread chills throughout my body. Later down the line, I learned that I actually had COVID before it was known in the United States. Not only did I learn first hand what it feels like, but from the research I’ve done, I’ve been able to understand how other people felt when they had it. According to a staff writer from Mhealth in their article What Does it Feel Like to Have Covid-19, “Mild cases of COVID-19 share plenty of symptoms in common with seasonal respiratory illnesses…Not everyone will experience the same level of severity. Some who have tested positive for COVID-19 remain largely asymptomatic…Other non-specific symptoms can include sore throat, fatigue, myalgia or muscle aches, diarrhea and headache similar to cold and flu symptoms,” (Mhealth, 2020). By clicking the following link, you will be led to more COVID symptom research; https://www.mhealth.org/blog/2020/april-2020/covid-19-symptoms-and-when-to-seek-help. COVID does not have one specific symptom, and it is not the same for everyone. Some people are extremely asymptomatic, so they feel absolutely nothing, while other people are down for weeks, like I was.
Throughout this term of UNST, I have had the experience to learn more about COVID and understand it better. At the beginning of the pandemic, I felt scared and lost because I didn’t fully understand what was going on and how I would be affected. Now, there are still many potholes. No one knows exactly when this pandemic will end or when we will be able to “go back to normal,” but through this research, I’ve been able to understand the precautions and what COVID really is a bit more.