Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday said he is “very much” concerned about a post-COVID mental health pandemic in the U.S.
Dr. Fauci told CBS when asked about the post-COVID mental health situation, “That’s the reason why I want to get the virological aspect of this pandemic behind us because the long-term ravages of this are so multifaceted.”
Axios cited a report from the American Psychological Association which stated that three in four adults in the U.S. reported a high stress level related to the pandemic.
At the same time, one in four essential workers have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder since the start of the public health crisis.
Dr. Fauci noted that the “ravages” of the pandemic included the economic and mental health effects, as well as the “prolonged symptomatology” that some people who have had COVID-19 continue to experience.
He also said he hopes the U.S. doesn’t see an increase “in some preventable situations” because many people have “put off routine types of medical examinations that they normally would have done.”