Hopelessness, Helplessness, Worthlessness: How a Year of Covid Disrupted Lives, Minds
Twenty-year-old Isha's life revolved around her college, her friends and the weekend visits to the cafes in Kolkata's Park Street to break the monotony. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic, social life took a backseat. 'Even as the restaurants have opened up, I feel a resistance to go out as the risk of infecting myself and my family is too high. I have been spending all my time on my phone,' she said. 'But it's not as comforting as meeting my friends in person as so much is lost in translation.'
The onset of the pandemic in March last year posed a threat not only to a person's mental health but also to his or her sense of security. Being confined to homes because of a mandate, and not by choice, was a big blow to one's social skills.