Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era
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In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) a global pandemic. People abruptly adjusted their daily living, work life, and social engagement in response to ongoing and evolving information about the unprecedented threat of COVID-19. Part of these adjustments included working from home, physically distancing when around others, and in some cases, complete quarantine. As a result of the shift to new ways of functioning, people commonly experienced mental and emotional burdens, and the negative consequences persist nearly two years later. These consequences include physical and emotional isolation, grief and loss, and mental health concerns. Yet, amidst the challenges, people have also demonstrated resilience and found creative solutions to work and social life. This paper serves as an overview of adverse impacts of the pandemic and suggested strategies for coping.