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Cabin Fever: Bayan’s COVID-19 Struggle

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Bayan was tested positive for COVID-19 and had to be quarantined for 14 days. For 7 months, Bayan had been staying at home with a few visits outside to run errands and work.

She recently joined our Child Protection’s remote Psychosocial support services. She reported challenges in going back to her normal life and socializing again, in addition to her inability to physically communicate with others, irritability, and constant worry.

Bayan’s case is what specialists refer to as Cabin Fever where individuals display a group of symptoms due to staying indoors for long periods due to isolation and quarantine which is imposed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms differ from one person to another but may include fatigue, continuous sadness, depression, desperation, difficulties in focusing, lack of patience, increased appetite, and irregulated sleeping patterns.

While some can adapt to these symptoms, others experience serious difficulty in carrying out daily tasks depending on one’s personality and temperament where extroverts who are not used to being at home are more prone to experiencing this condition.

Here are some handcrafts prepared by Bayan and other participants as part of our handcraft therapy sessions.

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