- A survey done on the general population during the initial COVID-19 outbreak in China showed 53,8% moderate-to-severe impact on mental health, and 28,8% moderate-to-severe anxiety among respondents.
- A higher psychological impact, and higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression were found among females, students, respondents with physical symptoms and people with poor self-rated health status.
This data comes from an anonymous online survey conducted across 194 cities in China from January 31 to February 2 2020. It included 1210 respondents and was conducted using snowball sampling techniques. However, the sampling strategy was not based on a random selection ; therefore the study group does not represent the general population. The Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21) were used to rate the psychological impact and the mental health status.
Wang C., Ran R., Wan X., Tan Y., Xu L., Ho C.S., Ho R. C., (March 6, 2020). Immediate Psychological Responses and Associated Factors during the Initial Stage of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Epidemic among the General Population in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051729