Rates of mental health disorder for frontline health workers will rapidly increase as a result of COVID-19

Healthcare workers around the world have reported a significant increase in mental health disorders as a result of COVID-19, and rates will continue to rise steeply

Shabnam Pervez, analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her view:

“As COVID-19 continually spreads, the impact on key workers’ mental health has proven to be detrimental in published research by JAMA. Healthcare workers around the world have reported a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) being a primary contributor towards their mental health. There is a global mask shortage due to increased demand from the public, with reduced number of N95 masks available for frontline healthcare workers. According to GlobalData analysis, around 5.6bn N95 respirator masks are in demand due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, and up to 49bn globally.

“The growth of face masks demand will continually increase and according to GlobalData, prices are expected to go down due to market competition. The market leading creators of the N95 mask, 3M, are currently increasing production to help meet the requirements but this will not be an overnight process. GlobalData expects the current spend for disposable hospital supplies to increase substantially from the current estimate of $16.4 billion, with a potential additional $8 billion spend worldwide.”

“The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced there is no need for use of the N95 mask outside healthcare settings. The shortage of masks in the US, has led to the CDC implementing unprecedent measures as their recommendations now include requesting workers to reuse their masks, create homemade masks and use refuse bags as protective gowns. In the UK, healthcare workers have been told to ration masks and use one mask between two workers to preserve PPE.”

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