Guest Editorial
Volume 7 Issue 9 - 2020
Coronavirus Disease: Anxiety, Stress, Fear and Heart Health
Gundu HR Rao*
Emeritus Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Thrombosis Research, Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota, USA
*Corresponding Author: Gundu HR Rao, Emeritus Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Thrombosis Research, Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota, USA.
Received: July 29, 2020; Published: August 11, 2020

SARS-CoV-2, a member of the family of respiratory viruses know as coronaviruses, has turned out to be the most powerful killer of the century [1]. The 1918 influenza (H1N1) pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. Cardiovascular diseases caused an estimated 18 million deaths, globally, in 2017. Even vascular diseases, which have reigned as the number one killer worldwide for over a century, have not caused such a panic [2,3]. Why this panic then, one may ask? It is because, it is new, novel, limited tests are available, and there is currently new cure or robust treatment protocol. As such there are more controversies, confusion, politicization and conspiratory theories. This virus has spread to all the countries, except Antarctica. Infection rate, test positivity and case fatality may vary from country to country, but its fear has shut down half of the world and created unprecedented health and economic crisis [4]. Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic has brought down the world to its knees and is considered the public health workers ‘nightmare’. According to the Johns Hopkins Covid-19 tracker (, as of this writing, globally, there are over 16 million infected individuals and 645,192 confirmed deaths in the short duration of 6 months. The US, Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa are the top five ranking countries, in terms of number of positive cases recorded. The most advanced nation, the United States of America has the highest number of infected individuals (4 million) and deaths (150,000). This pandemic has brought down the prestige of public health flagship agencies such as the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The US administration has withdrawn its membership from the WHO. The absence of a Global Leadership has caused, confusion, created unwanted anxiety, increased the stress levels, and seriously affected the heart health.


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