If you are the one who watches News every day then you must be curious to know why covid-19 cases are increasing in India this year. No doubt, we all were shocked to see the situation outside of the hospitals. 


COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus is a disease, which came from Wuhan, China, and infected many people, and also outspread all over the world. It started at the end of the year 2019 and still continues. 

When the disease started most of the countries announced lockdowns for months. And covid 19 came with anxiety and phobia i.e. coronaphobia. 

At the time of starting this virus, all over the world was infected, but the UK, United States of America, Italy, Spain, Brazil, etc. were the countries were affected very badly by the virus. 

India was also infected with this virus. In India, our Prime Minister, Mr. Narender Modi, announced a lockdown in March 2020. 

The first lockdown started in India on 25th March 2020 for 21 days, and the same was extended also for 3 months.  

When 2021 starts, no one expected for COVID-19 return, but as we all know the second wave of Coronavirus hit us again and this time it is deadlier than the previous one. 

In this, counting of deaths is increased, there are no oxygens in the hospitals, counting of infected people increases speedily. 

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Stats of covid 19 cases in India

In India 1,76,36,207 are the total cases till now. Against the total cases, 1,45,56,209 are already recovered and 1.97.894 deaths. 

Most of the active cases are from Maharashtra with 43,43,727 total cases and the least cases are from Lakshadweep with 2,247 total cases.

Reasons for increasing Covid 19 cases in India:

There are many reasons for increasing Corona cases in India, some of them are as follows: 

  • Protocol Exhaustion: As we all know, in the starting of lockdown in March 2020, there are many rules made for safety, like wearing masks, using sanitizers, social distancing, and taking the lockdown seriously. But now, when the second wave is started, no one takes this situation seriously. 
  • Public Gathering: There are many gatherings, where no one takes precautions. Like, Rally for elections, Festivals, Marriage, etc. In these gatherings, no one takes precautions for safety from this deadliest virus, there is no social distancing, no one wears masks properly.
  • On-going Election rallies: This is one of the major reasons behind violation of rules.
  • Population: Population is also the main reason for increasing cases. India ranks second highest position with the highest number of population. Countries with Cities, which have more population, have changes to increase numbers in cases because population gives more opportunity to spread from one person to another. This is the reason why cities like, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, etc. are affected more than others.
  • Inadequate healthcare services: India was never prepared to fight any of such pandemic due to its highest population rate. Low quality of medical services and high cost of medicines have always been a hindrance to development. And today, we are bearing the cost.
  • More Testing: Testing of Coronavirus increased in India, this is also the reason for increasing cases. In the first wave of COVID-19, people were frightened for testing as there is no cure for this. But now there are vaccines available for this virus that’s why most people go for testing if there are any symptoms.

This new wave of Coronavirus in India is very harmful to everyone. Situations in Hospitals are not good, there is a lack of oxygen, beds are not available for patients. 

The only way to do that is to enhance the vaccination, maintain social distancing and follow the rules of lockdown.

But if we don’t follow the rules the virus will make its way to our home and we certainly would not want that.

So stay healthy, stay safe and follow the precautions and the instructions of the government because they are working for us and we should contribute too.

Coronaphobia’ is more dangerous than ‘Coronavirus’: Factors affecting Mental Health.


Phobia- is one of the most serious mental conditions where a person feels fear in a particular situation or a specific object.

According to A Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, common phobias are related to fear of flying, heights, insects, animals, and injections, or usually the sight of blood. 

Corona- has derived from the new pandemic ‘coronavirus.’

The term coronaphobia emerged in 2020 as the pandemic triggered vastly in the world. During the lockdown phase, there are a lot of things that changed people’s lives in terms of social life, livelihood, economy, and most importantly, mental health. Apparently, mental health is not always a genetic bourn disorder; it is an outcome of various environmental factors.

About coronavirus and its recent updates 2020

Coronavirus is a new pandemic to this world that started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and due to contagious disease, it has taken over all over the place. Coronavirus has common symptoms like body ache, sore throat, cough, fever, loss of taste, and smell; however, the outcomes of covid 19 are not so common. Covid 19 infection can lead to death, and people with low immunity levels are more prone to detect coronavirus from others. 

Besides its outcomes, covid 19 treatment is not completely easy because a person needs to quarantine himself for 14 days minimum as per the guidelines of WHO (2020) as the viruses stay on the surface for a longer period. 

Despite that, scientists are still working on coronavirus vaccination; therefore, there are greater chances of fear and complications of covid 19. Besides, the world health organization has introduced a few guidelines to protect from covid 19, for instance, maintaining a 6ft distance, covering mouth and nose, constantly cleaning hands and clothes. For elders, pregnant ladies and children under 6 years old are not allowed to go out amid lockdown as their immunity level is completely lower than others, and fewer changes to cure covid19. 

The vaccination of covid 19 is not here yet, but health care providers are constantly working through medicine to suppress the symptoms of covid 19. Therefore, you might get recovered from this disease, but there is also a higher probability of diagnosing covid 19 again. 

Covid 19 recent updates:

According to the worldometer, there are 69.6M total cases globally, whereas 44.9M are successfully recovered, and 1.58M people are dead due to covid 19. Among other countries, the United States of America is leading on top with 17M cases, and India is the second most vulnerable country with 9M total cases.

Factors associated with mental health

Socio-cultural factors:

Socio-cultural factors are the type of environmental influences that induce and reduce the mental health of a person. According to Leighton and Hughes (1961), family culture and norms are linked with mental health where child-rearing behavior, hygiene, nutrition, perception to adapt medical services, etc., are responsible for how we use to express symptoms of mental disorder or any other undesirable disorder. 

On the other side, social factors refer to the interaction of society and community on the basis of gender, social class, race and ethnicity, and household patterns, thus maintaining the quality of education, livelihood, and family income by reducing discrimination, violence, and poverty. However, every society and community norms are different from each other, which affects society’s development as a whole. 

Education factor:

Education is the key to impart knowledge, skills towards a better world by treating himself and his family well in terms of providing better healthcare service and detecting the disorder early. According to the study of SAMHSA (2016), education and psychological independence are positively interlinked, where 3.9 million people have anxiety with lower education levels and vice versa. 

Therefore, people with less educational qualifications have less awareness to cope with psychological disorders. In order to which coronaphobia emerged at higher rates because people are less aware of dealing with the situation. 

Socio-economic factor:

The economy is the base of any medical treatment; therefore, a family’s economy has a positive relationship with mental health treatment. A similar study was introduced by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (2001), families with low-income status and poor occupation level are more prone to have mental disorders. 

A similar study was conducted in 2008, where financial crises were destroying public health sectors and people’s lives individually. Due to coronavirus, there has been a shift in unemployment status that further leads to indebtedness and insecurity and poor primary care for mental disorder diagnosis. 

Hence, mental illness, including anxiety, stress, and depression, is completely high amid lockdown as the increase in 19 million adults have a specific phone, and 15 million adults have social phobia. Besides, in the 2020 era of pandemic, there are more panic disorder populations (6 million) and general anxiety (6.8 million) among the American population. 

Coronavirus becoming Coronaphobia.

At the beginning of 2020, the novel covid 19 rapidly spread across the globe and infected more than 3 million people in 187 countries, and WHO (2020) report also shows the increase in mortality rate by 13000 in a single month of March. 

During the skyrocketing cases of covid 19, there have been high traumatic stress rates at 73.4% with 50% prevalence of depression and 44.7% have generalized anxiety (Lee, 2020). Aside from that, insomnia is one of the major cases increased in lockdown 2020 with 36.1%. It is clear evidence of outbreak impacts on people’s minds that elevates stress, depression, social phobia, health anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. 

In the study of Kwasi Ahorsu et al., (2020), a clear relationship of fear due to covid 19 has been identified by developing FCV-19S (The Fear of Covid-19 Scale). The scale has all the factors affecting mental health, including education, income, age, and gender.

It is possible to assess the severity of people’s perception related to covid19 outcomes through the psychometric scale. For instance, anxiety and depression got the highest score on the scale, like “Worrying thoughts go through my mind” (anxiety). On the other side, many respondents respond to “strongly agree” to “I prefer to wash my hands pretty soon after shaking someone’s hand” (germ aversion), which is clearly evident of their fear of getting virus exposure.

Why coronaphobia is dangerous?

According to the in-depth report of the Mental Health Foundation in the UK (2014), Anxiety is one of the serious mental issues in the world. However, it is still not considered as a mental disorder due to lack of diagnosis, report cases, and treatments. Indeed, children and the young population of the UK are 3.3% affected with anxiety disorder, apparently, the ratio has increased due to coronaphobia in 2020. 

coronaphobia is dangerous in terms of our mental health, physical health as well as financial health. But it is more crucial during the time of covid 19 because of the following:

1. A positive relationship between fear of covid 19 and covid 19 symptoms

Having chronic anxiety levels impacts your respiratory symptoms. Therefore, when an individual gets anxiety symptoms he/she faces a slow breathing problem. on the other side, shallow breathing is one of the major symptoms of covid 19. Unfortunately, there is a positive relationship between fear of covid 19 and covid 19 symptoms

2. People with a low immune system are more susceptible get coronavirus

According to the study of McLeod, S. (2010), stress or anxiety reduces the body’s ability to fight viruses and germs. Besides, the immunity systems get affected thus people with anxiety are more likely to get a fever, flu, cold, gastric problems, etc. Apparently, people with a low immune system are more susceptible get coronavirus.

3. Body pain and headache are the causes of being in constant anxiety. 

The thirst most critical covid symptom is body ache or muscle pain. and most clinical studies claim that body pain and headache are the causes of being in constant anxiety. 

4. Gastrointestinal Disorders

Indigestion, nausea, and vomiting are the common symptoms of coronavirus. and if you have coronaphobia that means these symptoms get facilitated by your anxiety level. 

These are the major reasons why coronaphobia is more dangerous than its virus. therefore, you equally need to suppress your anxiety level to stop the susceptibility of coronavirus. 

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The study of coronavirus turning into coronaphobia is necessary because the novel coronavirus has impacted the lives and affected personally and professionally. The fear triggers by the sudden increase of mortality and morbidly rates in the month of March 2020, although it is going to be a whole year, and things are not normal yet. 

Coronavirus pandemic has shown us and put us where we have never imagined. Due to the pandemic, economic crises, social distancing, emotional crises, and education backwardness emerge. 

According to the recent study and report of the World Health Organisation (2020), the vaccine of coronavirus is not the market yet because continuous trials are going on; hence people still need to maintain the guidelines of covid-19. 

Physical illness is visible and measurable, and yet curable. However, mental health is not easy to observe, analyze, and treated in a day or two. And covid-19 not only comes with physical illness symptoms but in this year WHO has recorded the rates of anxiety, depression, fear, phobia, and insomnia due to the major factors affecting the mental health of an individual. 



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