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CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1871-5273
ISSN (Online): 1996-3181

Case Report

Thoughts of Death, Depression and Guilt in a Healthcare Worker Who Infected Her Husband with SARS-CoV-2: A Case Report

Author(s): Isabella Berardelli, Antonio Vaia and Maurizio Pompili*

Volume 20 , Issue 4 , 2021

Published on: 23 December, 2020

Page: [385 - 388] Pages: 4

DOI: 10.2174/1871527319666201223155533

Price: $65


Background: The worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has exposed healthcare workers (HCWs) to physical and mental disorders both directly and indirectly related to the pandemic. Italy was the first European country affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and Italian HCWs have presented adverse psychological outcomes related to work and emotional overload and the fears of becoming infected and infecting others, particularly loved ones.

Case Presentation: We report the case of a 61-year-old HCW who likely infected her husband with SARS-CoV-2, leading to his death. We assessed the depressive and anxious symptoms that the patient experienced after the death of her husband, which were characterized by a deep sense of guilt, psychological pain, and thoughts of death.

Conclusion: In our opinion, our case emphasizes the fact that HCWs need greater mental health assistance, particularly those who are heavily involved in the care of patients and who have possible risk factors for psychiatric symptoms.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, health care workers, thoughts of death, guilt, depression, anxiety.

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