New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Wednesday that Americans are going to grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the Chinese coronavirus, calling the pandemic a “trauma” on the country just one week after blaming the virus outbreak in New York on President Trump.
“COVID was a trauma for this country,” Cuomo said on Wednesday, likening it to “being at war.”
“I don’t know that we’ve even fully appreciated all of the effects of the trauma that we’ve gone through. There’s going to be PTSD from Covid,” the governor said.
Experts have warned of the effects not just of the virus itself but society’s response, including sweeping lockdowns that forced people into isolation and shuttered the economy, causing millions to lose their jobs over the summer as they remained in solitude.
Several studies raised concerns about the potentially devastating impact of lockdowns on people’s mental health, rather than the