MALAYSIA is now in the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO). If the first phase of the MCO can be considered relatively “easy” and the second phase “moderate”, perhaps we should expect the third phase to be somewhat “difficult”. As the range of difficulty progresses, so too will the range of emotions and challenges that we experience.
The information that we receive on WhatsApp, the posts and comments that we read on social media, and the news that we watch suggest that mental health issues could (steadily) rise with every extension of the MCO. Furthermore, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has recently stated that we must come to terms with a “new normal” once the MCO is eventually lifted. We offer some thoughts on how to adjust to this “new normal”.
First, we should differentiate those who contracted Covid-19 from the virus itself.