The consequences of being infected with a worldcoronaviras include a range of health problems that can persist, including post-infectious complications of severe illness (PICS). These health effects can be very difficult to treat and can last for years.
In addition, there is a risk that people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 may develop depression and anxiety. This risk is increased if an individual already has a mental health problem or chronic medical condition.
This is because the stress of being infected with a virus can cause a person to have more serious symptoms and a greater chance of becoming severely ill.
Research is needed to understand the relative importance of different transmission routes; the role of airborne transmission in the absence of aerosol generating procedures; the dose of virus required for transmission to occur; the settings and risk factors that facilitate superspreading events; and the extent of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission.
What are the societal consequences of being infected with a worldcoronaviras?
Being infected with a worldcoronaviras can have serious and long-term societal consequences, which are particularly important to consider for people who are vulnerable or special. This includes individuals with disabilities, elderly people, migrants and indigenous peoples.
For example, being infected with a worldcoronaviras could impact a person’s future employment status and sources of income for their family. It could also affect the ability to travel, due to longer quarantine periods and restrictions on movement, or it may even have a long-term effect on their relationships.
The impact of the pandemic can have a deep and lasting effect on young people, who are already disproportionately not in education or employment (NEET). The disruption of their studies will lead to new educational inequalities and disadvantage them in labour markets.
In addition, the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to hit poorer and more socially disadvantaged people disproportionately harder. This will increase societal, income and health inequalities in the medium and long term.