Putting suspected coronavirus patients in quarantine could cause long-lasting damage to their mental health, British scientists have warned. The official UK guidance to people who think they may have come into contact with someone with the virus is to self-isolate for 14 days and avoid others. For those who do test positive, they have no choice and are forced into quarantine for at least a fortnight against their will. But spending weeks in isolation can trigger PTSD, depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even drug abuse, according to a King’s College London study. The psychological effects can last months and even years after the event, the researchers found. They analysed 24 previous studies that investigated the psychological impact of quarantine during epidemics in the past – including SARS and Ebola. Healthcare workers and those with a history of psychiatric disorders are particularly at risk of suffering the effects for up to several months. Britons are whisked into isolation after being repatriated to the UK from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus in Yokohama, Japan last month Security outside Arrowe Park Hospital, where passengers that were repatriated spent 14 days in quarantine Losing money due to missing work… Read full this story
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