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2022 Dec 27

Ann Agric Environ Med



Impact of isolation on the biopsychosocial functioning of older people with COVID-19.


Wróblewska I M, Chmielewski J P, Wojciechowska M, Chmielowiec B, Nowak-Starz G, Szarpak L, Florek-Łuszczki M
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2022 Dec 27; 29(4):560-567.
PMID: 36583324.


COVID-19 is a highly contagious coronavirus disease that has had a significant impact on the functioning of society. On 11 March 2020, due to the rapid spread of the virus, the WHO declared a global pandemic. By the end of 2021, 5 variants of SARS-CoV-2 had been identified since the beginning of the pandemic. The course of the disease varied depending on the age of the patients and the presence of possible comorbidities. Most patients were asymptomatic or sparsely symptomatic of the infection; however, in about 6% of cases, the course of the disease was critical. Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, muscle pain and headache, lack of smell and taste, cough, dyspnea, diarrhoea and nausea. According to epidemic guidelines, infected patients were subjected to isolation, which harmed their mental state, especially the elderly.