This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster

Excerpted from The Atlantic article by Jacob Stern, July 7, 2020

If SARS is any lesson, the psychological effects of the novel coronavirus will long outlast the pandemic itself.

The SARS pandemic tore through Hong Kong like a summer thunderstorm.  It arrived abruptly, hit hard, and then was gone. . . 

But the suffering did not end when the case count hit zero. . . More than 40% of SARS survivors had an active psychiatric illness, most commonly PTSD or depression. . . If SARS is any lesson, the secondary health effects will long outlast the pandemic itself.

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