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Mini-Review Article

Psychological and Mental Health Issues During the SARS-CoV-2 Global Pandemic: A Critical Analysis

Author(s): Tahmeena Khan*, Iqbal Azad and Alfred J. Lawrence

Volume 2, Issue 5, 2021

Published on: 16 November, 2020

Article ID: e230521188077 Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/2666796701999201117103132

Abstract

Introduction: With the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China in December, 2019, presently over 200 countries have been facing gruesome health effects of the deadly virus, with cases and casualties on the rise. So far, no concrete medicinal drug or vaccine has been developed to check the lethal viral infection, henceforth authorities have emphasized on practicing social distancing and imposed strict lockdowns forcing people to confine in their homes.

Material and Methods: This review was aimed to analyze the effects on mental health and well being during the pandemic. The studies cited in the review were sourced from journals, books and digital media reports. The research papers indexed in databases such as PUBMED, SCOPUS, INDEX COPERNICUS, CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS, MEDLINE, EMBASE, EBSCO, DOAJ and THOMSON REUTERS were reviewed and have been included in the review.

Results: The coronavirus mayhem has not only posed a threat to human health, but also jolted different aspects of society, including mental and psychological health. Loss of freedom, boredom, fear and angst are some of the mild psychological effects, whereas a rise in domestic violence and suicidal tendencies is the more serious consequence reported from different parts of the world during the lockdown period.

Conclusion: This article is a comprehensive analysis of the effects on mental and psychological well being during this critical time. Strategic measures to be adopted by individuals and administration to cope up with the situation are also suggested as it should be an immediate priority to address the overall distress caused by the pandemic in public.

Keywords: Coronavirus, psychological, distress, mental, lockdown, suicide, violence, economic.

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