We are all aware of the catastrophic physical toll of the COVID19assault. Over 560,000 American lives have been snuffed out to date. But often overlooked is the impact of the virus on our mental health that may linger long after the extended uncertainty and disruption fade into history. It is difficult to understand what long term effects will remain to further add to the prolonged stress we are living through. Sadly, the associated effects of the pandemic are felt primarily by younger people who are suffering ever increasing severe mental illness. Our already badly strained healthcare system is currently receiving increased service requests. Calls to physicians and other mental health providers along with more requests for telehealth conferencing are on the uptick. Unfortunately , this will be the “long haulers” version of mental health.
Almost a month after the Pandemic began getting out-of-control. Nearly 40 days after my last haircut. I feel like it’s the 1960s all over again. My barbershop is closed, as are all others in California.
So why am I telling you all this? Because I really don’t care if it grows down to my knees as long as I can stay free of the virus. Statistics show that sheltering in place REALLY WORKS to control the spread of the virus!
Currently, there are a number of states planning to start opening business, including of all things tattoo parlors, bowling alleys, and HAIR SALONS in Georgia! My prayers are seriously with the residents of those states as past history has illustrated that viruses attack in waves with the subsequent second and third waves killing more citizens than the initial one.
We must remain ON GUARD. This is a highly contageous invisible enemy of mankind. Listen to the experts, not the politicians. Listen! I don’t care if I look like a rock musician with beautiful long gray locks as long as it helps all of us stay healthy!