The impact of COVID on mental health… And how we can help each other

The impact of COVID on mental health… And how we can help each other

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Kawan: Alex Wettstein

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The December 20, 2021

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Extract | Understanding COVID-19 will help us all to stay safe. Find out more about COVID, and how to protect yourself and your community. The mental health impact of COVID… and how we can help each other. COVID-19 Health Information. Understanding the difference: Malaria & COVID-19. What is ‘long COVID’? Latest COVID-19 Data: Sources: WHO, December 2021. 4.8 Million Deaths: Deaths from COVID-19 are continuing to rise. Let’s do what we can to help stop the spread. 5.4 Billion Vaccine doses given: Doses are not being shared equally around the world. #OnlyTogether can we end the pandemic.

The impact of COVID on mental health … and how we can help each other

When we are feeling down, talking about it can help. Contact someone close to you

Those were the words of the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, at a recent summit in Athens about the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health.

The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. It’s completely normal to feel down, even in everyday life, it happens to us all.

But with the added pressures, loss, and disruption that COVID-19 has brought, people everywhere have struggled to find ways of staying positive.

“This pandemic came to disrupt our lives and our health, both physical and mental.”

There is a simple way that can help, whether gradually or instantly, and that’s talking and listening.

When we’re feeling down, talking about it can help. Reach out to someone close to you. Tell them how you are feeling. Or ask them how they are. Hearing someone share their feelings and emotions, or having your feelings heard, can help unburden some of the stress, worry, fear, and angst that COVID-19 has caused.

Critical mental health services have been disrupted in 93% of countries during the pandemic. If you are feeling low and unsure who to turn to, or if you have noticed a friend or family member who isn’t coping well, try to take that first step and start talking about it.

How does COVID-19 spread through the air?

Scientists and researchers are learning more about COVID-19 every day, to help us stay safe.

When we breathe, talk, cough, or sing, we emit microscopic droplets called aerosols that can carry COVID-19. We can get the virus from people around us by breathing air that contains these tiny droplets.

The World Health Organization says we can protect ourselves against COVID-19 in this way by physically distancing ourselves, avoiding crowded places, opening doors and windows, and wearing a mask.

As the world fights COVID-19, there’s never been a greater need for accurate, verified information. We can all play our part in stopping the spread of harmful misinformation.

Understanding the difference: Malaria & COVID-19

If you live in a country where malaria is present, you’ll likely be aware of the symptoms and what to look out for. But some of the symptoms of malaria are similar to those of COVID-19.

How are the two diseases transmitted, and how can we protect ourselves and our families from both?

While COVID-19 is caused by a virus that can pass from person to person, malaria is caused by a parasite spread by mosquitoes.

Both diseases are better prevented than treated, so we should wear a mask and maintain physical distancing to protect ourselves from COVID-19, and sleep under an insecticide-treated net to protect against malaria.

If you think you might have symptoms of either disease, do not self-medicate. Make sure you seek medical advice, get tested and treated.

What is ‘long COVID’?

Scientists are still working to understand the impacts and reasons for ongoing symptoms in some patients.

For some people, symptoms of Covid-19 symptoms can last for weeks or even months. Long-term effects can range from continued fatigue and shortness of breath to serious complications, including neurological symptoms.

Doctors and scientists continue to study the long-term consequences of the virus and there is no definitive information yet on who may experience these long-term effects, but it is clear that people who are young and in good health may be affected.

Fair Future, as part of its work, spoke with several patients who had been affected by the “long” form of Covid-19 and could provide some answers.

In addition to the significant impact on people’s physical health, the long COVID also has adverse mental health consequences, as anxiety can build up as symptoms continue to appear.

We can also say that after nearly 15 months of field investment, there are still no firm conclusions as to why COVID-19 has a longer term impact on some people and not others. . But awareness has grown, and COVID has long been recognized as an important reason we all need to continue to protect ourselves and our communities.

In February 2021, a report from the World Health Organization suggested that one in 10 COVID patients still had symptoms 12 weeks after infection. WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge urged that people with COVID-19 be included in health policy responses to COVID-19 and called on “policymakers policies to take the initiative on this issue “.

COVID-19 continues to be a significant threat to all of us. Stay safe by taking the vaccine when offered, wearing a mask, maintaining a physical distance, and washing your hands regularly.

The death rate has accelerated during the pandemic

We look at the factors causing the increased rate at which people are dying from COVID

The rate at which people are dying from COVID-19 has increased. It took just 82 days for the death toll to rise from 3 to 4 million. A worrying trend that shows the urgent need for everyone, everywhere to have access to vaccines.

So what are the possible factors causing the accelerating death rate?
  • New variants: Research has shown that some new variants of the COVID-19 virus are more easily transmissible, so more people are catching the virus and falling ill;
  • Lack of vaccine access: Much of the world remains un-immunized and at risk, without vaccinated populations, new and more contagious mutations can circulate, contributing to increased global death rates;
  • Public health systems overwhelmed: In regions where the volume of cases is too high for local and national health services to cope, the result can mean increasing numbers of deaths;
  • Vaccines are the best way to stop new variants circulating, cases rising and death rates increasing.

“Some countries are relaxing as though the pandemic is already over,” says Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO. But, he warns, “the world is at a perilous point.”

You can do your bit to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking the vaccine when offered it, continuing to wear a mask, washing your hands regularly, physically distancing, and opening doors and windows to let the fresh air in.

#OnlyTogether #Covid-19 #PandemicTime #WorldHasChanged #Malaria #MentalHealth #WHO #DeathRate #KeepHealthy #Switzerland #SwissNGO #Sustainablesolutions #makeadondation #giveforfairfuture

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What are we doing in Rumah Kambera?

  • Covid-19 pandemic: Tests of the population, vaccinations, mapping of the situation, donation of healthy food, drinking water, information and prevention about the routes of contamination;
  • Medical and health care: Rumah Kambera welcomes patients with health problems every day. Our pharmacy and our on-site medical team can help people take care of themselves through the donation of medicines, vitamins and food supplements. The most common illnesses are related to lack of clean water, lack of healthy food, air pollution, joint and back problems, asthma, skin problems such as lipomas, fibroids, allergies, cancer;
  • Access to clean water and sanitary facilities: Construction of central water points, drilling of wells, toilets by type, showers, biological filtration and information on the water, commit to preserve it and use it in a healthy way for people;
  • Creation and construction of school infrastructures, schools, health centers so that each can have access to health care and to school;
  • Responses in the event of natural disasters (common in the region), reconstruction, preservation, emergency care, advanced first aid station, establishment of emergency medical care, distribution of food, water etc…;
  • Truck of Life program: Medical care, distribution of food, construction materials, transporting medical teams to the sites, picking up a sick or injured person to bring them to the hospital, etc…;
  • And all the other social, medical, infrastructural activities linked to the mission of the foundation in the field;

Water Connections Program

One of the Foundation’s tasks is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, in order to prevent disease and sustain lives. This is to reduce environmental health risks by managing sanitation safely and with dignity. Still, the foundation seeks to involve women and men in the management of water resources, in sanitation by putting in place safe hygiene practices to maximize the benefits for their communities.

The majority of communities with which Fair Future works struggle every day to have access to this fundamental right, which is why our actions for the year 2022 will be focused on creating access to water for these families, so that their health can improve, that they can grow food. But also offer them the opportunity to create an economic activity that will serve their living conditions.

.PDF | The Project Water Connection in MbinuDita here

Common diseases we work on

Tuberculosis in Indonesia: A social disease affects the poorest communities, those living in difficult conditions. There are hundreds of thousands of new cases in Indonesia, such as HIV, which is not often mentioned here!

Dengue virus infection: DENV is a real major cause of acute febrile illness here. In the most affected regions, mortality is very high & affects the most vulnerable. Especially for those who do not have access to medical care.

Antimicrobial resistances. In here, this is a real health emergency, almost all drugs are available over the counter! This scourge turns simple wounds and easily treatable diseases into causes of death.
Antimicrobial resistances. In here, this is a real health emergency, almost all drugs are available over the counter! This scourge turns simple wounds and easily treatable diseases into causes of death.

Air pollution and health: Plastic that burns, everywhere! Air pollution is responsible for almost 50% of mortality here. Dioxins, furans, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls are highly toxic!

Malnutrition and famine: Malnutrition causes serious illnesses where we are! The phenomenon, creating a vicious cycle of starvation & disease. This is a major problem in which we deal with!

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Alexandre Wettstein

My Name is Alex Wettstein, CEO, President, founder of Fair Future Foundation. A Swiss and International official NGO (State Approved Foundation). I'm working as a volunteer, in the fields of health, education, access to drinking water, in South-East Asia, notably in Indonesia since 2010, I am married to Ayu Setia and we have 3 kids, Flavie, Elisa, and Atha.

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  1. Alexandre Wettstein

    All around, I see people MENTALLY struggling because of this pandemic. In here (eastern Indonesia), people are even panicking simply because they don’t have good and correct information form the local (or national) government. It’s terrible, economically, people feel discouraged as they don’t have any income to East, to go to the doctor, to pay the school for the kids… It’s a bad situation.

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