COVID-19: attention to the disorder of post-traumatic stress disorder

COVID-19: attention au trouble de stress post-traumatique

OTTAWA | frontline staff during the pandemic of the COVID-19 would be more at risk of developing a disorder of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Theresa Tam, director-in-chief of the public health agency of Canada, has recalled that the pandemic could act as a catalyst, in this Day of awareness to the state of post-traumatic stress disorder in Ontario.

Generally, PTSD occurs after a traumatic event that was experienced or witnessed, she pointed out. “Among the examples of traumatic events include cases of interpersonal violence, severe accidents, wars and global crises, such as pandemic COVID-19”, explained Dr. Tam in a statement released Saturday.

“We recognize, however, that some people may be more at risk of PTSD because of their type of employment, including first responders, health professionals, staff support services to the person and the members of the canadian armed Forces (CAF) who have provided elder care in the homes of long-term care”, she continued.

The expert reminds that this condition can affect anyone, regardless of his background. Although several individuals live for only brief episodes, others will be affected by PTSD for months or years.

If you have questions relative to this issue of mental health, the government has made available the platform Space well-being Canada, which provides advice and resources.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 102 954 people have been infected in the country and at least 8516 deaths have been recorded.

Moreover, on average 38 000 people per day have been tested in the last week and a total of 2 598 243 Canadians have been tested up to now.


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