Updated: Apr 22, 2020
How are you feeling? Have you experienced any symptoms of SOPSAH yet? I know that you are already dealing with the fear of Covid-19 or indeed have already been personally touched by it. But there is going to be an increasing incidence of people suffering with SOPSAH over the coming weeks and months. It ranges in severity from mild to severe and can even be fatal if it goes on for long enough. The symptoms may include any or all of the following:
A sore throat, headache, tremors, a stuffy nose, slight cough, shortness of breath, skin rash, puffy hands, redness or swelling joints, lethargy, a feeling of listlessness, exhaustion, night sweats, racing thoughts, a sense of unease, racing heart, difficulty sleeping, vivid dreams, nightmares, not being able to eat or eating too much, pacing, losing track of time, not knowing the day or date, memory loss, confusion, anger and aggression, feeling a sense of unreality,
SOPSAH can also increase a person's desire to be unhealthy and may produce behavioural changes such as obsessions and compulsions, for example wanting to clean all the time. In severe cases there may be a sense of unreality, losing track of time,
The problem with SOPSAH is that the symptoms vary considerably in different people depending on their genetic makeup, baseline personality, psychological vulnerability and life purpose. But we are going to see a significant increase in SOPSAH - the Symptoms Of People Staying At Home, in the coming weeks and months depending on how long the isolation for COVID-19 goes on. It is likely to affect between 1 - 50% of the population or more.
The treatment for SOPSAH is to get out and about and resume your daily activities as
soon as possible, which is unfortunate with this being quite at odds with current guidelines.