The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left people who have come into contact with the virus self-isolating to avoid infecting others. As the world's population goes into quarantine, does spending time quarantined lead to negative mental health outcomes?
There is no reason why people in quarantine can’t devote their time to pursing an activity that will have positive mental health outcomes.
You can spend time with your children
Building stronger parent-child bonds pay dividends in mental health outcomes over one's lifetime.
You can learn a new skill
Learning a new skill has positive mental health outcomes. Quarantines afford people the time to do this.
You can declutter your living space
Decluttering is often overlooked when we are balancing work with our social lives. Without these distractions, quarantine will allow us to improve our living spaces, and with it, our mental health.
We can all take a step back and think
The disruption quarantine causes in our lives will give many the opportunity to take stock. This will result in better decisionmaking and better long-term mental health outcomes.
Being isolated from friends and family and reduced social interactions are proven to cause significant damage to our mental health.
Quarantine causes PTSD
Sustained periods of quarantine lead to elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Quarantine puts strain on familial relationships
The stresses of quarantine push families to their limits. This has negative mental health outcomes.
Quarantine causes depression
Quarantine leads to elevated rates of depression and anxiety among those affected.
Quarantine leads to increased rates of drug dependency
Higher rates of alcohol and substance abuse were observed in populations that were quarantined during the SARS epidemic.
The mental health outcomes from extended periods of quarantine and isolation are dependent on many factors.
On external stressors
It is not quarantine itself that is causing negative mental health outcomes, but the stressors that come with most quarantines.
On public health systems
Access to mental health treatment dictates the mental health outcomes of quarantines.
Explore this question in a whole new way.
► Play question as story
This page was last edited on Sunday, 22 Mar 2020 at 17:53 UTC
+ Suggest an improvement