Review Article
Volume 9 Issue 6 - 2020
Focus on Mental Health during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Applying Neuropsychological Knowledge from Previous Outbreaks
Evgenia Papachristopoulou* and Dimitris D Vlastos
Department of Psychology, ΚυΨέλη Research Center, SCG - Scientific College of Greece Pindarou 14A & Solonos 16, Kolonaki, 10673, Athens, Greece
*Corresponding Author: Evgenia Papachristopoulou, Department of Psychology, ΚυΨέλη Research Center, SCG - Scientific College of Greece Pindarou 14A & Solonos 16, Kolonaki, 10673, Athens, Greece.
Received: May 19, 2020; Published: June 17, 2020




Abstract

In December 2019, SARS-CoV-2 was identified for the very first time in humans in the city of Wuhan in China. The initial local outbreak of the new severe acute respiratory syndrome suddenly and rapidly turned into a global pandemic (i.e. COVID-19), as indicated by the World Health Organization, with approximately 503.000 confirmed cases and 22,300 deaths worldwide as of March 2020. Due to this new coronavirus, many countries have sought to control the disease prevalence by activating emergency plans and developing guidelines, focusing on public health through several protective strategies and interventions such as social distancing, school closures, travel restrictions, home confinement and quarantine. Thus, much attention has been focused on the new pandemic and its consequences which, in fact, are certainly not limited to its medical aspects. Although there is ongoing research on the effects of the coronavirus on mental health, research on its associated neurological and neuropsychological symptoms are still limited, despite the fact that such symptoms are apparent. In fact, the neuropsychological consequences of COVID-19 are still unknown and will probably remain unidentified for a long time, as it is more important to understand the course of the virus itself and its medical and physical effects. In this mini review article, we sought to investigate the neuropsychological symptoms of COVID-19 patients and survivors in order to inform policies for the development of subsequent treatment strategies targeting such relevant symptoms.

Keywords: Coronavirus, neuropsychological effects, neurological symptoms, mental status

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Citation: Evgenia Papachristopoulou and Dimitris D Vlastos. “Focus on Mental Health during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Applying Neuropsychological Knowledge from Previous Outbreaks”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.7 (2020): 37-40.

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