A recent study by researchers at Oxford and NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre has found initial links with mental health and people that have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
It's not clear from the research exactly what the links are and whether Covid is a contributory factor or whether it is simply the undoubted pressure that such a diagnosis puts on a person, but it is clear that many will continue to suffer after their immediate physical symptoms are cured.
Such research should also be a 'wake-up call' for employers. How they have run their business, the measures they've taken to protect their staff and their compliance with regulations in relation to staff and customers will all come under intense scrutiny in the near future.
Many are predicting that there will be a tsunami of mental health and compliance claims when life starts to settle into a more normal routine. Whilst such claims, may on the face of it, look like profiteering from a terribly sad course of events there will be claims that are fair and reasonable, where those with the responsibility have not met it.
The message must therefore be, please do your best to meet your responsibilities and where you're not sure seek advice. There must also be a message to government to simplify regulations and make it possible for employers and others to meet their responsibilities so the predicted tsunami of mental health problems does not arise in the first place.
Nearly one in five Covid patients later diagnosed with mental illness