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The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant deterioration to the peoples’ mental health, giving rise to a prolonged period of isolation. And those living in foreign countries far from their loved ones or simply alone were among the worst affected. Prague Integration’s mission is ‘to help foreigners feel at home.’ We spoke with the CEO of Prague Integration, Amanda Mataija, about the cultural synergy, mental health, and the mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Prague Integration focuses on providing mental health support to expats and locals in Prague. They also host various events and workshops which you can attend in your free time. You can reach out to them here. During the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was aRead more.

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A report from the Czech Psychiatric Society suggests that up to 20% of people who have contracted the coronavirus eventually experience depression and/or insomnia after the virus has left their body.  Martin Anders, vice-president of the CPS and head of the Psychiatric Clinic at General University Hospital, said that he observed this phenomenon with his patients, as well as himself.  “The reports show that up to 20% of those who have contracted COVID-19 experience psychological problems. Most often its anxiety, depression, or sleep disorders.”  “I’ve noticed it myself. After I had COVID-19, I went through 2 weeks of complete insomnia.” Anders says that COVID-19 causes a spike in the immune system that releases cytokine proteins, which are the likely causeRead more.

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The mutated form of COVID-19 was detected in the UK and alarmed citizens of the affected countries. The Czech National Reference Laboratory reported that they found this form of COVID-19 in Czech patients back at the beginning of fall, but there is no reason to panic. The new form of the virus underwent around 23 mutations with the most significant ones happening in the spike protein, where the H69/V70 deletion occurred, according to the report by COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium. It could explain why several Czech patients were re-infected with COVID-19 despite the reports that re-infection is unlikely. Furthermore, it can potentially explain why the virus is spreading quicker. “New variants of coronavirus are appearing independently of each other inRead more.