May 18, 2020

'I gave this to my dad': COVID-19 survivors grapple with guilt of infecting family

Dr. Michelle Riba quoted in this NBC News story

Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S.


While it is often impossible to know exactly how the virus passed from one person to another, many survivors hold themselves responsible, questioning decisions they made in the days when they had little information, could not get tested and were not yet subject to strict social distancing and mask measures.

These experiences hint at the unanticipated scope of the suffering caused by the coronavirus.

“The mental health consequences of all this, beside the deaths and physical aspects, are profound,” said Dr. Michelle Riba, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. “We’ve never been through this in our lifetimes, so we are learning as we go.”


Read the entire article on NBC's website here.