Approximately 23% of adults seeking medical help suffer from psychiatric disorders. One-third of the adolescent population has the same problem as do about a quarter of children aged between 7-12 years. Across all age groups, people visiting doctors with unspecific physical symptoms are often found to be suffering from psychiatric disorders. Anxiety disorders are most frequent followed by symptoms arising from misuse of alcohol and drugs. Mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorders come next while cases of obsessional disorders and schizophrenia, though still rare, are rising at an alarming rate. Dementia and other cognitive disorders are also becoming a part of our life with the increasing age of survival and rising levels of stress.
The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols.
It is important to practice respiratory etiquette, for example by coughing into a flexed elbow, and to stay home and self-isolate until you recover if you feel unwell. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn and follow local guidance.