The world has changed so much for so many since we first saw those images on our television screens from Italy last February. So much loss of normality, of human connection, of those little things that at the end of the day aren’t quite so little. In its wake so much fear, and stress.
COVID-19 has affected everyone. No one is immune from its impact. Whether it’s financial pressure, family illness, or the consequences of disconnection and isolation, COVID-19 has left its mark. In fact it may be better called a syndemic as the direct effects of the virus (serious indeed as they have been for individuals and families affected) are only a small part of the overall impact. Non COVID-19 healthcare has been interrupted, screening programs stalled and a tsunami of economic and mental health consequences will follow.