Between March 2020 and October 2021 in the United States, covide-19 was the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer alone, according to one report. Recent study.
Older people are at greater risk Who die in Cowid-19But being infected with the corona virus is also a serious risk for young people. In 2021, it was COVID-19. The main cause of death Adults between the ages of 45 and 54, adults 35 and 44, second and fourth, aged 15 to 34.
As sociologists, we have been assessing the impact of the loss of a loved one on CV-19 on human well-being. Our research shows that it is more than that. 9 million people have lost close relatives. This dramatic increase in grief for covid-19 in the US is a concern because not only COVID-19 grief in our study It increases people’s risk of depressionBut it can also make them particularly vulnerable to depression.
Traumatic COVID-19 death difference
Researchers know what it looks like “Good” and “Bad” death. Bad deaths involve pain or discomfort and occur in isolation. Unexpectedly, these deaths are even more distressing. People who love “bad death” tend to report people who die More stress The people you love are more comfortable than those who have died.
The death of Kovid-19 is frequent It covers many symptoms About “bad” death. They are preceded by physical pain and anxiety, often occur in an isolated hospital, and occur suddenly – leaving family members unprepared. The ongoing nature of the epidemic has added to the suffering of individuals who are grieving over social isolation, economic insecurity, and general uncertainty.
In another Recent studyOur team used the national survey data from 27 countries to assess whether the effects of covide-19 deaths were more severe than those of other causes. We Focused on the Death of a Spouse We compared two groups of people who died: Before the outbreak, their spouses died in CV-19 and their spouses died for other reasons. Kovid-19 We have found widows and widowers They face high levels of depression and loneliness Depending on the mental health outcomes of widows and widowers in the pre-epidemic.
Second Public Health Outcomes of CV-19 Death
The devastating effects on the mental health of nearly 500,000 people are alarming. You have lost a spouse For Covidy-19 in the United States only. It can also lead to mental health problems after the death of a loved one. It reduces physical health and increases a person’s chances of dying.
According to our study, not only did the Kovid-19 increase in family grief, but people who lost loved ones in the coronavirus became particularly anxious. But we have only studied widowhood; Future studies on CV-19 should identify the health, social, and economic consequences for other deceased relatives.
Between March 2020 and October 2021, it represents 1 in 8 people who died in CVD-19, and there are millions of people who benefit greatly from financial, social and mental health support. It is also important to continue to take steps to prevent the death of CV-19 in the future. Every death not only saves lives, but also saves many of our loved ones from the effects of these tragedies.
This article was republished from The conversation, A non-profit news site for exchanging ideas from academic professionals. Written: Emily Smith-Greenway, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Ashton Verdier, Penn State; Hawaii Wang, Penn StateAnd Shawn Bauldry, Purdue Uni
Emily Smith-Greenway receives funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Ashton Verderi receives funding from the National Institute of Aging (1R01AG060949).
Shawn Bauldry receives funding from the National Agency for Aging.
Haowei Wang is not affiliated with any of the companies or organizations benefiting from this article, does not consult, shareholder or financial support, and does not disclose any related relationship beyond their academic appointment.