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COVID-19: Quarantine and Psychological Impact on the population

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.452

Keywords:

COVID-19, Quarantine, Psychological Effects, Health policy

Abstract

The arrival in Peru of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in March 2020 has led people, who have potentially been exposed to infection, to seek isolation in their homes or in a quarantine facility. Government measures of social distancing and quarantine are based on the best available evidence. However, there is evidence of psychological impact that exists during and post-pandemic; therefore, the present review was developed with the purpose of psychological impacts analyzing produced by COVID-19 pandemic effect on population. In which we find negative psychological effects in general population and in health personnel, who are in the first line of care for this virus, among the main ones: symptoms of post-traumatic stress, confusion and anger. Stressors include lengthening the quarantine, fears of infection, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, and financial losses. Therefore, there is a need for officials to provide adequate information on protocols and sufficient supplies for the population. As well as influencing the importance of quarantine for society in general. Education is important not only by state agencies but also by members of the family group itself to avoid falling into depressive states or stressful symptoms since they can last from months to years.

Posted

2020-05-18

Section

Health Sciences