Ulysses Syndrome and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors: Malvinder S. Parmar, MB, MS


The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused >73 million infections and >1.6 million deaths worldwide. The virus and public health measures to contain it are affecting the mental health of not only at-risk individuals but also the general population (Table).1 It is causing significant disruption in the public health and world economies. Public health measures such as social distancing,2 forced isolation, and quarantine are critical to containing a pandemic but result in adverse effects such as loneliness and separation from families and communities.
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Table. COVID-19 and mental health: summary of contributing factors and consequences

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