The Effect of the Corona Virus (Covid-19)
and it's impact on Mental Health
SEP 01, 2017 by PAUL MARVEL
Tonight Bio-One of Tucson received a phone call in the middle of the night from a mother who had just lost her adult aged son to suicide. He had lost his job due to the Covid-19 pandemic weeks ago and was silently struggling. Her story was tragic and unfortunately not unique, and when I was finished helping her schedule for us to provide immediate Biohazard services I hung up with tears in my eyes. Not only had she lost a son, but she also was facing the challenge of how to afford to pay for the services she needed to clean up the area left behind, and plan a funeral. It was heartbreaking, and a story that I had heard multiples times this past week from a wide range of our Tucson community. Mental Health affects all of us in this community, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, orientation, or age.
Mental health professionals around the globe have expressed how the social isolation, economic and medial stress, and the barriers to in-person mental health care created by the current pandemic can cause "the perfect storm" when it comes to mental health. The Journal of American Medical Association wrote an an article that detailed the stressors that can be significant during this time https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/12/coronavirus-crisis-creates-perfect-storm-for-suicide-risk-as-job-losses-soar-and-people-remain-isolated-at-home.html
Therefore I felt the imperative need to reach out to you and let you know that right now, more than ever it is important to check on those in your immediate circle of influence and reassure them that they are not alone. Check on your friends and family frequently, send cards to those isolated in nursing homes that can no longer have visitors, teleconference those that can not travel... you can make an impact on your circle.
Bio-One of Tucson provides the type of services that we hope our community homeowners and business owners never need to call us for. However, with our current environment, the number of active Corona Virus cases continues to increase along side the increasing number of unattended deaths occurring in the Tucson area. These circumstances cause individuals and businesses alike to face the need to be able to find affordable remediation solutions, and we are here to help you work through those challenges.
What Solutions Can I Communicate to Someone Who Experiences an Unattended Death?
Bio-One of Tucson experts strictly adhere to the to the stringent OSHA and CDC regulations surrounding the decontamination of and removal of biohazardous waste. When there is a large loss of blood or human decomposition it is especially imperative that these guidelines are followed stringently to properly disinfect the area and prevent further health risks to the surviving family, friends, and the public that may interact in those areas in the future.
When it comes to these services unfortunately the majority of the clean up costs are the burden of the homeowners or business owners. However, what many are unaware of is that for unattended death most Homeowners Insurance policies provide some type of of coverage. We urge you to call your insurance carrier and ask what coverages your policy provides to see if it might help ease that financial burden. Bio-One of Tucson is well experienced in working with insurance carriers to determine coverage, and is happy to work with homeowners to help identify what coverage they may be entitled too in order to help alleviate costs.
For those services that are not widely covered by insurance carriers such as Covid-19 disinfection services we can help provide third party financing options to help you afford what needs to be done to keep you safe.
We believe in the enormous heart of our Tucson community and their desire to take care of their families, friends, employees and the public. However, none of us planned for this pandemic, or can plan for an unattended death in our circle. These situations can be unexpected, and it's our aim to help provide resources to assist in navigating unchartered waters. If you, or someone you know, needs help answering these questions please give us a call at 520-771-5960 24 hours a day. We are here to help.