Experts have identified a relationship between excessive emotionality and a high mortality rate from COVID-19. According to experts, the mortality rate directly depends on susceptibility.
Experts talked about the so-called nocebo effect. This effect is manifested in the fact that a person expects the worst from any disease, thereby contributing to the emergence of his fears in real life. Dr. Oscford’s Empathy Program, Jeremy Hovik, and researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Giulio Ongaro, suggested that a positive COVID-19 test, even in a patient with minor symptoms, could aggravate them. This is because the patient himself is very worried, “winding up” himself.
Scientists have found that the level of anxiety in patients diagnosed with coronavirus and other types of pneumonia is much higher than in healthy people. This is due to the fact that patients are worried not only for themselves, but also for their family, they are worried due to the low knowledge of the disease and the risk of death.
Experts also suggest that the manifestation of the nocebo effect may depend on the nationality of the person or his culture. People from different countries have their own characteristics of perception and reaction to information related to health. Such specifics of the nocebo effect can explain the significant difference in mortality rates among residents of different countries. For example, today in Germany this figure is 4.7%, in Italy – 14.4%, in the USA – 5.8%, in Russia – only 1.2%.