Emotional components of "long-term" COVID-19

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I have never had myself, nor treated a patient who had, a physical illness without an emotional component.


Step on a nail and you'll see what I mean.


Offer a patient an operation urgently needed for a perforated appendicitis or blocked airway requiring a tracheostomy, and one is witness to the emotional components as well.


Difficulties arise if one forgets that. The outcome for the patient is almost certainly going to be less good.

Of course it's a question of balance. Acute schizophrenia due to a drug overdose, may look to be much less physical, though it is that as well. Stepping on a nail may not require a promonged period of emotional adjustment but that depends on the patient. When does an "emotional adjustment" appear to be taking just a bit too long? 


That is very much the current environment that the questionnaire seeks to explore.


It is already well established that some approaches to this illness are based in it being essentially all emotional. Others insist that it is completely physical with no significant emotional component.


Questionnaire MindMap - 5 November, 2020 - g

The questionnaire seeks to explore this domain and identify a balance point if possible.


Sources of support for those respondents who identified psychological symptoms are also explored.

But more importantly, how effective are these sources of support in meeting emotional needs?


An assessment of the ability to "bounce back" after this illness, or even during, is explored through self-assessment of levels of resilience.


Quality of Life encompasses many components. Certainly one's health seems a primordial influence on one's satisfaction with one's circumstance in life. We've compared the respondent's sense of this before, during the illness and on the day the questionnaire was taken. While sick, most would quickly respond that Quality of Life has been impacted and diminished. This to varying degrees one would guess. But how about 1 Year after the anticipated end of the illness? Can this illness impact on hopefullness for a satisfactory level of Quality of Life?  We'll see.


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