A pandemic is when there is a global outbreak of a virus or disease which spreads across continents or the world. Covid-19 is a type of coronavirus (a family of viruses often found in animals) which has made the jump to humans.
Symptoms of Covid-19
Symptoms of Covid-19 and their severity are very different from person to person. Factors that may affect this could be health, age, medical conditions, lifestyle and many more. The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are:
· Dry cough
· Sore Throat
· High Temperature
· Body Aches.
It is important to note that some patients have experienced either incredibly mild, or no symptoms at all. Those who present even mild symptoms have been advised to self-isolate at home, with all other members of the household for 14 days.
Stress and Anxiety
With the uncertainty of what will happen as a result of coronavirus, huge numbers of people have opened up about stress, depression, and anxiety. There are many reasons to suggest why there has been such a rise in mental health cases, each varying from person to person.
In a bid to try and slow down the spread of Covid-19, governments have put their counties on lockdown, meaning that people can only leave their house for essential work, shopping or medical help. The isolation period is resulting in more people feeling lonely and scared about themselves and their families. This is resulting in an increased number of people feeling depressed and helpless.
Due to the pandemic, many businesses have had to close in order to comply to government guidelines. This means that some businesses may go bust, whilst others have had to make cuts to staff due to loss of earnings. As the number of people becoming unemployed rises, so does the number of people who are suffering from poor mental health. This often comes down to money and people being worried about how they will afford to live. These events can trigger anxiety in many people, as the future remains unpredictable for lots of people.
CBD and The Endocannabinoid System
CBD is one of the many compounds found within the cannabis plant, which many people use as a supplement for their ailments.
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, to bring the body to a balance. CB1 and CB2 receptors are found all over the body including the brain. CBD is said to have a positive effect on the serotonin receptors in the brain. Low serotonin levels are often linked to depression.
Overall, there are many ways to help boost mood such as, exercise, meditation, yoga and many more. It is important to ensure that the mind and the body are both kept healthy by a balanced diet and staying active.