How should we respond?
What needs to be done is clear. First, to integrate mental health into the mainstream Covid-19 response across the whole of society, for example in terms of minimising health anxiety by clear and consistent public messaging.
Second, it is vital to provide emergency mental health, psychological and social support, for example to those who are most isolated or lonely. This will more often be possible with contributions from community and not-for-profit organisations than from health or social care services.
Third, mental health care and support must be an integral part of primary care and universal health coverage in those many countries where at the moment is it absent from these basic entitlements.