Researchers have called for an urgent need to tackle the harmful impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s mental health, and potentially the brain.

“The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is having a profound effect on all aspects of society, including mental health and physical health,” a paper recently published in medical journal, The Lancet Psychiatry, said.

It added that the psychological and social effects of coronavirus are “pervasive” and could affect mental health now, and in the future.

The study called for widespread mental health monitoring, which, it said, requires new funding and better coordination.

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