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What are the emotional consequences of confinement? 

Being separated from relatives and friends has consequences that are never addressed by health care professionals during their public appearances.

The duration of confinement is prolonged and many people may be suffering emotionally. Not even WhatsApp audios, video calls and phone calls serve as relief for people who have not hugged their parents, siblings and friends for several weeks.

When the reason for the physical disunity between family or friends is involuntary, the feeling of loneliness and lack of protection takes over the person. It takes a lot of mental strength not to collapse. Depressive episodes can occur.

The consequences of isolation cause a feeling of abandonment, especially when some ties are not strong enough.

People who had trips planned will not be able to enjoy visiting their friends and relatives. Travel is unlikely given the circumstances in the coming weeks.

Mothers, fathers and children will continue to communicate via Skype or WhatsApp and long for the long-awaited meeting. The whole situation generates a lot of anxiety.

Children may manage to adapt to change. Each family abides by the circumstances in which it has been involved, but every child is not the same. Maslow said that our actions are taken to meet needs, such as security. When someone with whom you have so much attachment temporarily disappears from your life, that is, referring to the physical level, something inside us breaks.

The separations between people are unavoidable. There are parents with children who must stay at home and try to ensure that grandparents take care of themselves and protect their own homes. Older people are contagious more quickly. Freedom has been temporarily lost.

It is difficult to buy food, that is if you have the money to buy it. The caresses between loved ones are really healing. Until a pandemic like this comes, you don’t see the impact it produces.

We have to banish the idea of ​​rejection of older people. They need us. Elderly people separated from their families feel desolate and heartbroken, even if they have nurses to take care of them.

The guilt and the tremendous emptiness are fattened with many people who cannot dismiss or watch over their relatives and cannot bring them flowers.

Mental health can weaken at a time when comfort is most needed in the form of hugs and a strong grip on your hand. The desire to meet again with ours is immense. We all know how important it is to love to heal.

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About the author: Luis R. Miranda

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder & editor of The Real Agenda News. His career spans over 23 years in every form of news media. He writes about environmentalism, education, technology, science, health, immigration and other current affairs. Luis has worked as on-air talent, news reporter, television producer, and news writer.

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