COVID-19 Pandemic: What are the Risks and Challenges for Schizophrenia?Author(s): Mohsen Khosravi*
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic in March 2020 following the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak (a new coronavirus subtype) in China in late 2019. Hence, an emergency state was announced, as well as issuing a rigid lockdown order for decreasing the virus spread rate . Recent research has found the COVID-19 crisis to adversely affect the general population and schizophrenic patients . Schizophrenia is approximately 1% prevalent worldwide ; however, it accounts for a heavy burden on society and families . Also, the mortality rate for these patients is high, and they suffer from comorbid medical conditions. If they get SARSCoV2 infection, the system will experience an extra difficulty [4,5], whereas such patients have been disregarded .