Dr Peter Gentle, retired consultant orthopaedic surgeon and parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, San Fernando, reflects on life with COVID-19. His commentary has been edited for length and clarity.
Every passing day, living with COVID-19 has been stressful for persons worldwide. The situation of some people who have lost their loved ones, jobs, houses, friends, money, or their sanity is becoming more unbearable.
The Japanese have published figures showing that in November 2020, the number of suicides in that one month due to COVID exceeded the total number of COVID deaths in 2020 up to that time. The medical profession is finding out that the psychological effects of COVID are worse than the physical effects, and it is worse for women than men. The problem is that psychological problems still carry a stigma today and psychological patients are at the lowest end of medical care.