Uninfected but not Unaffected: The COVID-19 Stress could Worsen the Outcome of Underlying DiseasesAuthor(s): Amir Abdoli*, Shahab Falahi and Azra Kenarkoohi
The recent pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has a huge psychological burden, either in infected or uninfected individuals and their families, medical staffs and health care workers. Recent reports revealed various psychological distress, such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia among the general population and health care workers. Furthermore, psychological distress is associated with immune dysregulation that consequently intensify underlying diseases or augment the risk of other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and cancer. Therefore, efficient interventions for coping with the psychological impacts of this pandemic disease should be more considered for health authorities.