Quarantine measures had negative mental health impacts during SARS and MERS

Added June 25, 2020

Citation: Röhr S, Müller F, Jung F, et al. Psychosocial Impact of Quarantine Measures During Serious Coronavirus Outbreaks: A Rapid Review. Psychiatrische Praxis. 2020 Apr 27;47(4):179-89.

Language: German

What is this? During the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are in quarantine to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies of the psychosocial effects of quarantine and isolation related to the SARS and MERS outbreaks. The restricted their searches to articles published in English and German and did the search on 30 March 2020. They included 13 studies.

What was found: At the time of the review, the included studies found that quarantine measures were consistently linked to negative psychosocial outcomes, including anxiety, stress, isolation, depressive symptoms, and stigmatization.

At the time of the review, the included studies found that important contributing factors to the adverse effects of quarantine included its duration and income loss.

At the time of the review, the included studies found that healthcare workers were more likely to experience negative psychosocial impacts, particularly stigmatization.

 

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