Cross sectional study to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on mental health among various age groups in India
Sureka Varalakshmi V, Ajith K, Mohamed Shaheep M, Ramya S
Background: COVID-19 is a pandemic first of its kind. In India ICMR has been issuing guidelines on testing and treating Covid patients. This study was done to assess the fear and anxiety of COVID during the period of lockdown and the need for awareness and counselling among various age groups. Methods: Cross-sectional study using online questionnaire, with open and close ended type questions. 1,016 responses were received. Data was analysed in excel. Results: Fear and anxiety level was found to be higher in middle aged adults (83.3%) compared to young and old aged adults. 74.4% feared going to hospital due to the chance of infection. 87.5% experienced anxiety after knowing that infection is spreading through asymptomatic carriers. 94.5% are socially responsible and felt extremely disturbed to see people not following Government rules. 85.4% middle aged adults responded that more awareness is needed about COVID-19 and 66% need counselling to overcome fear and anxiety. Conclusion: More focus should be on mental health as people face fear of COVID infection to them or to their family members. Awareness that COVID infection can be prevented by practising social distancing, wearing masks and along with counselling will help improve mental health.
Sureka Varalakshmi V, Ajith K, Mohamed Shaheep M, Ramya S. Cross sectional study to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on mental health among various age groups in India. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2020, Pages 125-129